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Capital: Moscow
Population: 143,800,000 (2012)
Area: 6,592,800 square miles
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Moscow 2. Saint Petersburg 3. Novosibirsk 4. Yekaterinburg 5. Nizhny Novgorod
Lanuage: Russian
Climate: Humid continental, humid subtropical and subarctic climates

Searching for a smooth household furniture move from a reputable company to Russia? Then you’ve come to the right place. Let Nationwide Van Lines take all the tedious task and stress away of moving overseas. We want you to know the entire process of your move, thus our highly specialized International Agents will educate and guide you the entire way. We want you to be happy every step of the way. Below, you will find a collection of important factors of your move.

Import Requirements and Documentation

There are important document necessary to import your household goods. To allow a speedy process through Customs, please familiarize yourself with documents you may have to have prepared below.

Import Declaration – A document stating the household goods being shipped.

Declaration of Customs Value – Customs will document and confirm the value of your household goods to assist in your accumulation of Customs charges. This cost will include all the elements within the price of transportation.

Certificate of Conformity – If you have any cables, computer equipment, machinery and its parts, converters, etc. this document must be turned in along with your Customs Declaration. Your items will be tested by ROSTEST. Only items that has been tested and passed will be allowed to clear Customs.

Certificate of Origin – This document will provide Customs with proof of the origination of certain household goods.

Cargo Customs Declaration (CCD) – This document will ask of all basic information regarding your shipment to Russia. It will cover all needed information about your goods, the consignor and consignee, country of origin, the class and Customs value of your goods, Customs regime selected and the importer.

Deal (Transaction) Passport – This document is issued by the Russian bank to uphold regulations regarding exchange. This is a requirement due to assuring payment(s) from the appropriate party.

Certificate of Conformity – This document will acknowledge that all of your household goods do meet Russian safety standards and all technical regulations.

Additional detailed document requirements

  • For non-Diplomats, your Customs duty will be $5.08 USD per kilogram.
  • Returning Russian citizens are exempt of Customs duties and taxes for the first 39.37 kilograms imported.
  • All HHGS must have a Customs Declaration for each Harmonized System code.
  • For non-diplomatic shipments, Customs duty and taxes are based on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIS) value.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in the Russia along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

To clear your household goods through Customs, there are taxes to be paid prior to release. Firstly, you must be 18 years or older. Duties usually range from 5 – 20%, averaging at 14%, Your Value Added Tax (VAT) will be 18% and your Excise Tax range from 20 – 570%.

Duty-Free items

  • $1,904.80 USD worth of goods not exceeding 50 kilograms.
  • 3 liters of alcoholic beverages.
  • Either 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco are allowed to be imported of the same tobacco type. If there is a variety, only half of the previous is allowed duty-free.
  • A reasonable amount of perfume that’s for personal use only.
  • 250 grams of Factory packed and sealed caviar per person.

Requirements for Marking and Labeling

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the Russian language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

  • Arms
  • Ammunition
  • Printed materials and photographs slandering the Russian Federation.
  • Acipenseridae family fish and products who ingredients contain such fish and also live animals.
  • Military arms
  • Military ammunition
  • Weapons
  • Any apparatus that operates on a higher frequency than 9 kilohertz
  • Tobacco Products
  • Fruit
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Toxic materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Narcotics
  • Animals
  • Undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment
  • Any Dairy or meat products from Armenia and Georgia
  • Products produced in Iran

Restricted Items

  • Dairy and Meat products that do not derive from Armenia and Georgia are allowed. They must be within in its original factory packing. The quantity must be in the volume of personal use.
  • If traveling to Russia, baggage weighing 77.16 lbs. and/or worth up to USD $1,753.33 will be duty-free. If your luggage is at an excess of the previous, a Customs fee will be charged.
  • Toys, underwear and T-Shirts for kids are due to inspection by ROSTEST.
  • Air soft guns requires a Certificate of Conformance from ROSTEST.
  • Jewelry and stones require documentation declaring the value and can only be included in accompanied baggage only.
  • Medicine can only be included in accompanied baggage only.
  • Currency can only be included in accompanied baggage only.
  • Televisions, telephones and software may need invoices and/or certificates.
  • Antiques and Artwork are duty-free with a Certificate from the Ministry of Culture.
  • Electronic Cigarettes are in need of a Conformity Certificate from the manufacturer.
  • Cigars will receive an Excise Duty
  • Alcoholic beverages will be charged an Excise Duty
  • Cigars will incur an excise fee
  • Watches must be for personal use and cannot be resold
  • 2 liters of wine and spirits

Receiving your household goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

For more information regarding moving to Russia, please visit:

Federal Customs Service

Fax: 204–57–12
Irina Panfilova

Regional Customs Administrations:

Siberian Customs Directorate (STU) E–mail: stu–
North Eastern Customs Directorate (SZTU) E–mail:
Kaliningrad Customs Directorate E–mail:
Southern Customs Directorate (JTU) E–mail:
Privolzhskoe Customs Directorate (PTU) E–mail:
Urals Customs Directorate (UTU) E–mail: UTU–KS–
Far Eastern Customs Directorate (DVTU) E–mail:

All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.