Moving to Russia

Country Guide: Russia

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Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory, including photos and values for all objects of art
  • Customs Declaration Form for unaccompanied baggage stamped and signed by Customs at the time of shipper’s arrival
  • Letter of Employment on company letterhead to the Russian authorities (Diplomat letter must be on Embassy letterhead)
  • Copy of Visa (accredited individuals)
  • Copy of Accreditation Card (accredited individuals)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Passport (Diplomats)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Visa (Diplomats)
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (Diplomats)
  • Customs Declaration Form is required for unaccompanied baggage, stamped and signed by Customs at the airport upon arrival of the shipper (non-accredited individuals).
  • Work Permit (non-accredited individuals)
  • Registration with the police department (non-accredited individuals)

Specific Information

  • Customs duty is 4 EUR per kg (gross) for all non-diplomatic shipments. For returning Russian citizens, the first 31 kg is exempt from Customs duties and taxes.
  • All in-bound non-diplomatic shipments are subject to the payment of Customs duties and taxes calculated based on the costs, insurance and freight (CIF) value of the shipment.
  • All shipments are subject to issuance of a Customs Declaration for each Harmonized System code (HS code). The cost of the Customs Declaration will be determined during the Customs clearance process.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Technical Passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Original Customs Declaration
  • Pro-forma Invoice
  • Purchase document
  • Employment confirmation letter (foreigners)

Specific Information

  • The Customs Declaration is necessary to register the vehicle with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


Documents Required

  • Certificate of Vaccination
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Pet Passport

Specific Information

  • Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued no more than 10 days within arrival of pet.
  • Permission from the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture is required for all animals except cats and dogs.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Wine and spirits (2 L)
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Precious jewelry, stones, medicines and currency can be imported only as accompanied baggage and must be declared with Customs authorities at the time of shipper’s arrival.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic and radioactive materials
  • Flora and fauna objects
  • Technical / receiving apparatus which operate with frequency higher than 9 KHz

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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