We are looking at the possibility of exporting a variety of goods to the Crimea, my wife is Russian and we are talking to potential partners in Crimea.
What would you say are the main problems of exporting as an example white goods from UK directly to Crimea?
Any advice or help would be appreciated.
You will need to route through another part of Russia for several reasons, not least because UK customs (i.e. government) documentation will deem it Ukraine. Exercise caution, as you may find delivery costly due to the number of ‘intermediaries’ appearing. Give me a call next week to discuss if you want to take this further.
Too many!! 🙂
I believe you need to have a good distributor or importer on the Crimea side.
There are some good logistics providers in the UK who specialise in the Eastern European routes to market. such as Redhead International Bradford, who may be a good place to start in terms of the cost of getting the goods from A to B which may be cost prohibitive for the goods to be attractive in the Crimea. The EU is looking at trade with this region as well, which may have an impact on procedures concerning the UK export and Crimea Import
"The European Union remains committed to uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The European Council does not recognise the illegal referendum in Crimea, which is in clear violation of the Ukrainian Constitution. It strongly condemns the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation and will not recognise it. The European Council asks the Commission to evaluate the legal consequences of the annexation of Crimea and to propose economic, trade and financial restrictions regarding Crimea for rapid implementation."
Russia remains an important trading partner for the UK and the UK Government will continue to offer UK companies support and advice. But commercial decisions are ultimately for companies to make themselves on the basis of commercial risk, bearing in mind the increased risk that high profile business engagement might be exploited by Russia for political reasons.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Crimea and the towns of Slovyansk, Kostyantinivka, Krematorsk and Horlivka (in Donetsk oblast region), as well as all but essential travel to the remaining parts of Donestsk oblast, Kharkiv oblast, Lugansk oblast and Odessa City. The FCO is not able to provide consular services to anyone choosing to remain in Crimea.
For further advice, businesses should consult the BIS helpline on 0300 456 3565.