Russia imported medicine worth $6.8 billion last year, down 32.7 percent compared to 2014,
the Federal Customs Service said in a statement Friday.
The import of drugs to Russia from outside the former Soviet Union
dropped 32.9 percent to $6.7 billion. Imports into Russia from CIS
countries were worth $119 million, 21 percent less than in 2014,
the statement said.
Meanwhile, the volume of antibiotics imported into Russia decreased
by 2.6 percent in 2015 to $84.2 million, according to the Federal
Russia saw a record drop in alcohol imports in 2015 as a result of the weakening ruble and a decline in Russians' purchasing power, the Kommersant newspaper reported Thursday. Imports of whiskey — the country's most popular imported spirit — decreased by 22.3 percent to 33.59 million liters. Rum imports dropped by 35 percent to 4.76 million liters, the newspaper reported, citing customs statistics. The data also showed that Russia imported 32.6 percent less wine and 33.7 less sparkling wine last year compared to 2014.
Amid the food destruction frenzy that spread across Russia
last week, officials appear to have widened their remit and started
confiscating food items from travelers' hand luggage, despite the decree
that banned commercial imports of some Western food products clearly
stating that it does not apply to items brought in for personal
Russia approved the launch of a new wheat export tax from
July 1, which traders say could threaten profits on advance contracts
for the new crop if the ruble weakens in coming months.
Russia's government said on Friday that the new tax was
intended to stop exports surging if the ruble drops steeply. The ruble
fell sharply against the dollar in 2014, fueling grain exports, and is
yet to fully recover.
BRUSSELS — At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced
the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions:
The number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a
"The impact on business couldn't be clearer. Fewer stands, fewer companies,"
said Mark Bultinck, a sales executive for Belgian digital screen maker Barco,
which had a booth at the annual expo for the audiovisual industry.
Russia has refused to allow almost a ton of German and U.S.
tea into the country, with customs officials saying the produce violated
Moscow's ban on Western food imports.
After 970 kilograms of German herbal tea was detained Friday
in the Siberian region of Novosibirsk, officials said Monday that they
had seized a smaller shipment of tea and ice-drink mixes on the far
eastern island of Sakhalin, the Interfax news agency reported.
About 28 kilograms of tea produced by a U.S. company was
part of the cargo aboard a ship arriving from the South Korean port
of Busan, the Sakhalin region's customs service was quoted as saying
Even as Russia seeks to deepen and expand trade alliances
in the face of economic isolation from the West, the unilateral trade
restrictions that Moscow unleashed last week show just how far its
Customs Union is from a genuine economic alliance, analysts said.
Russia last Thursday unilaterally banned deliveries of meat,
poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products from the European Union,
the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway in retribution for the
countries' sanctions against Russia over its policy in Ukraine.
Recent amendments to the Federal Law on Customs Regulation
in Russia (as amended by Federal Law No. 115-FZ on Amendments to the
Federal Law on Customs Regulation in the Russian Federation of May 5,
2014 with respect to the institution of authorized economic operator)
(the "Law") have made the status of authorized economic operator (AEO)
even more attractive for businesses.
The amendments affect both the conceptual framework and the
practical aspects of the Law. The amendments can be regarded as largely
An AEO is a legal entity incorporated under the law of a
member state of the Customs Union that meets certain requirements
and has been entered in a special register. Under the current
legislation, a wide range of entities — from manufacturers, importers,
exporters, customs brokers, customs carriers, intermediaries,
distributors, to other persons involved in one way or another with
foreign economic activities — are eligible for this favorable status.
The amendments made to the law with respect to the concept of AEO unify
the advantages that AEO status gives to manufacturers and other kinds
of entity (retailers, service providers).
This article provides information on the rules
for confirming safety of goods imported to the territory of the Customs
Union of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the
The main functions of the safety requirements is
the protection of 1) life and health of people; 2) property; 3)
ecological environment; 4) life and health of animals and plants; 5)
prevention of misunderstanding of the consumers; 6) energetic efficiency
and resource preservation. The application of the safety requirements
for other purposes (e.g. the use of the provisions of the technical
regulations in order to substantiate the collection of customs payments,
etc.) is not required (Agreement on the single principles and rules
of technical regulation in the Republic of Belarus, Republic
of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation dated 18 November 2010
(hereinafter — the Agreement on technical regulation), Art. 4 (2)).
Around 150 agreements and 900 decisions on various customs issues have been
adopted since the inauguration of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and
Belarus. The legislative framework of the Customs Union (CU) comprises the CU
Customs Code, federal laws of the CU member states dealing with customs matters,
and regulatory legal acts of national legislative and executive authorities. At
the same time, it should be noted that the judicial and enforcement practice is
not entirely consistent. This has led to a significant increase in cases before
the Court of the Eurasian Economic Community, which also contributes to the
enforcement practice through its decisions.