Doing business in Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world. It is the eighth largest retail market in the world and the fourth-largest market in Europe. Despite slowing growth, and reduced public and private investment programmes, opportunities do remain due to the Russian oil and gas boom.
It remains a long term market of great potential for British exporters and investors. UK-Russia economic relations remain strong.
Russia is the UK’s fastest-growing major export market and the third-largest export market outside Europe and North America, with favourable cross-sector opportunities, some unique in scale. The government’s economy modernisation and infrastructure development agenda, underpinned by 140 million consumer’s appetite for quality services and goods, produces a need for international expertise and products.
UK exports to Russia in 2011 increased by 39% from 2010, and equalled £4.78 billion. Since 2001 UK-Russia trade has been growing by an average of 21% year on year.
What are the opportunities?
Western goods and expertise remain in demand. The most promising opportunities for UK companies are in the Advanced Engineering, Financial Services, ICT, Power/Energy, Sports & Leisure Infrastructure (particularly the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics), Airports, Construction, Creative Industries, Rail and Water.
Overseas Business Risk
Read our Overseas Business Risk report giving details of overseas business risk in relation to Russia.
Political and economic background
Bribery & corruption
Protective security advice
FCO political and economic updates
FCO updates for Russia will keep you up-to-date with major political and economic issues relating to Russia.
Russia’s Special Economic Zones
Russia operates a number of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) which offer benefits for companies locating in these zones. Locating in these zones can enable foreign companies to overcome market access issues in Russia.
More information on:
Sverdlovsk Special Economic Zone (Titanium Valley)
Guide to doing business in Russia
IMA in association with UKTI has produced a guide aimed at providing a route map of the way ahead to exporting to Russia, together with signposts to sources of help. Novice exporters in particular should find it a useful starting point.
The guide includes:
Other useful information for doing business in Russia
Customs/tariffs for foreign trade
Researching the market
Best practice and risk management
Languages, etiquette and culture
Visa and travel information
Resources / Useful links
Download the Russia doing business guide
For information on your sector in Russia including opportunities, events and key contacts, please check out the latest sector briefings.
See all sector reports for Russia
Topics: Getting Started