About changes of import conditions into Russian Federation

Dear Partners!

Please be advised that since 5/2/2012 there will be changes in international transportation standards on the territory of Russian Federation. These changes refer to control tightening of cargo transportation conditions from EU by international companies. Fines for  regulatory system violation are expected to grow considerably.

Russia initiates control tightening of cargo transportation conditions from EU by international companies on the Custom Union border.

Amendments to Russian Federation Code on Administrative Offenses from 5/2/2012 stipulate the following fines for  regulatory system violation: drivers will be assessed 4000-5000RUB (up to 130 EUR), officials – 40000-50000 RUB (up to 1300 EUR), transportation companies – 400000-500000 RUB (up to 13000EUR).

In addition, amendments to Federal Law on State Control of International Runs Execution and Responsibility for Execution Violation stipulate vehicle detention until detention reason is eliminated, i.e. provision of the permit “to/from third country”, if the transport company has this permit. Otherwise truck with goods will be returned to adjoining territory.

According to “Appendix №4 to Negotiations Report from 4/2-3/2012” (negotiations between Russian Ministry of Transport and Belarusian Ministry of Transport and Communications, the main issue  under discussion was the traffic control agreement implementation on Allied state outer boundary aimed to exclude crossing the Belarusian part of the border by  trucks carrying cargoes to/from Russia without a certain permit. Foreign carriers are eligible to perform two-way carriages to Russia only if in graph 1 (Consignor’s country), 4 (Country of Loading), 21 (Country of CMR completion) and 22 (Country of Arrival for Loading) is indicated carrier’s country of incorporation (graph 16). Moreover, carrier’s registration country should be noted as the country of origin and the seller’s country in CMR, invoice or another document, Russia should be noted as delivery place in CMR graph 3.  CMR graph 22 should contain Consignor’s stamp and signature as well as notes of arrival (departure) time for loading. In all other cases foreign transport company (polish) ought to have Russian road permit “to/from third countries”.

Regulatory system control on border between Custom Union and Russian Federation was quite relative by now. Fines were small. This enabled transport companies to transport some goods with two-way permits that now require «to/from third countries” permit according to latest changes.

Unfortunately we have to state, that in case of goods transport with “to/from third countries” permit, freight rates for such carriages may significantly increase in the nearest time. This will be stipulated by Russian carriers’ will (without any permits) and Polish carriers’ will (that will have sufficient quantity of required permits) to benefit from the situation of heightened demand in limited offer conditions.

At the same time we assure you TELS specialists make their best to decrease negative influence of described changes on execution of our obligations.