Help with Shipping samples to Russia

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There appears to be a restriction for shipping foodstuffs to Russia for samples and I wondered if anyone else has experienced similar problems or knows of ways around this issue?

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It is a bit difficult to answer the question without specific quantities and an idea of the products themselves; anything with alcohol content for example is very strictly regulated. There are also certification requirements for certain food products. Generally speaking, however, it should not be too difficult as long as you know the process and what you need to provide to the Russian authorities.

We are specialists in freight to Russia and would be happy to talk through any specific requirements if appropriate.

Kind regards

Charles Swain
Blackthorne International Transport Ltd
01753 687848

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Rufina Baybulatova, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment Russia in Moscow, Russia.

Please follow the link where you can find information on restrictions imposed by the Russian customs does not provide any reference to the relevant order of the Russian authorities.
I suggest you to contact a representative in non-commercial organisation “Gild of participants of foreign trade activities” by email: requesting contact details of the trusted carriers. Please indicate the volume of the shipment this will help to provide relevant companies.
Feel free to refer to UKTI at the British Embassy in Moscow as a source of information for the “Gild of participants of foreign trade activities”.

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Julian McWatt, on behalf of TOB Trading S de RL de CV in Mexico.

This might not be much help, but for getting beer and spirits samples into Russia, my customers have always insisted on them being shipped via DHL as far as Finland (and from there, I have no idea how they get them into the country). Going by the number of times I've been asked to do this, it seems an efficient way of getting alcohol in without problems.


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Donna Whelan, on behalf of UKTI North West in M17.


Sending samples is difficult enough even if it is a non food item, courier services have to abide by very strict conditions with regards to invoices, declarations, otherwise they simply return the packages.

For food products, the Russian market imports millions of tonnes of food per day but they have a very strict regime for avoiding bringing in potentially contaminated food, even though they have rabies, they don't have BSE.

If the company needs to be sent food stuff and there is a business there, they can contact UKTI North West. We can look at the type of commodity coding and see what type of certification will be needed. Once this GOST is sorted out, companies need to be registered on the Rostechnadzor Hygiene list that can be found on the Russian website that authorises the company in question. This could be related to importing salmon, meat produce, fruit, pet food etc ....

There is a process to follow and can take a while - maybe up to 12 months.

If a company is engaged with a distributor then the best idea might be to arrange for the Russian client to visit the UK and they can take some samples back with them in their suitcase.

There are different rules with regard to vacuum packed food and this raises the question of the nature of food stuffs intended to be sent.

Hope this helps. If you would like to pursue this I can arrange for an International Trade Advisor to contact you.


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