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December 25 2018

Russian customs got access to information about shipments from China

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Russian customs got access to information about shipments from China

The Federal Customs Service (FCS) has gained access to information about shipments from China, including data on their cost, weight, and frequency of receipt by a specific recipient. This measure is necessary to combat illegal imports, according to Vedomosti.
Obtaining detailed information about shipments became possible after signing a special memorandum with China. Requests to the customs authorities of any countries can be sent now, but without such agreements, the answer is not guaranteed, they told the FCS.
So far, Russian customs officials have access to information only about potential smuggling, as well as products that may violate intellectual property rights, but the list will expand in the future.
According to Artem Sokolov, President of the Association of Internet Trading Companies (AKIT), 70% of cross-border e-commerce is small household appliances, electronics, accessories, clothing and footwear. They are sent as goods for personal use, so they do not pass certification and are not taxed, although they later resell these products.
From European countries, the Federal Customs Service is already receiving information on parcels, notes Elena Belozerova, head of the Foreign Trade and Customs Law direction at BCLP Law Firm. But the Chinese customs authorities did not always respond to requests from Russian customs or did not provide the information that was required, she adds.
“Now the customs will know who sent, how often the same person receives the goods, what the weight of the parcel is, at what price it went,” Belozerova explained.

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