To help small business traders and football fans, the international shipping price comparison site, ParcelHero, have composed a guide to help avoid being caught offside by strict shipping policies.Commenting on the regulations, ParcelHero?s head of consumer research, David Jinks, offered exporters some pointers. ?Parcels that are worth less than ?200 do not have to pay customs duties and fees when clearing customs. But be aware that Russian individuals are restricted to ?1,000 of purchased items up to 31 kg per person per month.” Russia briefly became the largest market for UK goods exports outside of the US, the European Union (EU) and China in 2012, but trade has since been hit by sanctions on Russia. While shipping items to business addresses are relatively easy, there can be significant delays when delivering to private addresses due to custom?s checks. For this reason, many couriers do not deliver to private addresses in the Russian Federation. Jinks advised: ?British visitors to the World Cup must sign up for a fan I.D: a personalised identification card, which gives visa-free entry to Russia during the tournament. ?But that?s only half the battle: visitors, even those holding a fan I.D, must be aware that there?s a long list of items not allowed into stadiums.?
The list of banned items include:
- Sporting gear or equipment
- Flags or banners larger than 2m x 1.5m
- Bicycles, skateboards and scooters; unless used for the transportation of people with impaired mobility
- Food or beverages of any kind, including alcoholic beverages
- Thermos bottles or any kinds of flasks
- Work tools of any kind
- All animals, except for registered guide dogs
- Promotional materials of any kind
- Unwieldy objects or bags, if they exceed 158cm
- Umbrellas longer than 25cm when folded
- Cargo dimensions must be no more than 60cm x 70cm x 150cm
- Cargo weight must not exceed 31 kg
- No private or confidential deliveries
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