Ministry of Finance unveiled a plan to further reduce the threshold of duty-free import

    Now the Russians are enjoying one of the most preferential in the world modes of duty-free import of goods. A citizen can buy goods in a foreign store for 1,000 euros per month - and not pay a penny of duty! For comparison, in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia, Germany, Belarus, Austria, Hungary, Italy and other countries, this limit is 22 euros per month, in Argentina - $ 25, then the duty is 50%. In Sweden, France, Brazil there is no threshold for duty-free entry, and all purchases are subject to duty. In Ukraine - 150 euros per month. True, there are nuances: for example, in Finland different duties apply to different groups of goods.

    However, against the background of its European neighbors, Russia with a limit of 1,000 euros a month looked clearly advantageous. The Ministry of Finance intends to correct the situation. As of July 1, 2018, the duty-free import limit will be reduced to 500 euros per month. Now the Ministry of Finance has submitted a plan for further lowering the limit.

    Three sources in the e-commerce market told RBC that the Ministry of Finance had prepared a new draft resolution, according to which:

    • from July 1, 2018, parcels will begin to be subject to parcels with a total value of more than € 500 per month and weighing more than 31 kg;
    • From July 1, 2019, the threshold will be € 100 and 31 kg for one shipment, but no more than € 200 per calendar month to the address of one individual.

    According to interlocutors RBC, the draft resolution is now being discussed, but before July 1, the document must be agreed.

    As now, if you exceed the threshold, you will have to pay a fee of 30% of the value of the goods (excluding delivery costs) and at least € 4 per kilogram.

    The Ministry of Finance has previously offered several options for lowering the threshold for duty-free entry. It was rumored that from July 1, 2018 the threshold will not be reduced. Apparently, the Ministry of Finance has finally decided - and this is the final proposal. It remains to wait for his approval in the Government of the Russian Federation and the signature of D. Medvedev.

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