The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation finally decided on the amount of duties on online purchases abroad

    The Federal Customs Service (FCS) proposes to establish a mandatory fee of 10-15 euros for Internet parcels from abroad worth from 22 to 150 euros.

    Deputy Head of the FCS Tatyana Golendeeva said that while Russia is seeking to unify its proposals at the level of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). It includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

    “If we hit the wall, if we don’t find any compromise, perhaps Russia will decide [the issue of introducing a fee and new rates] at the national level,” suggested a representative of the FCS leadership.

    Tatyana Golendeeva recalled that in Belarus the norms of duty-free import of goods by individuals in mail items have already been set below the general limits for the EAEU. However, according to her, making a decision “for five” is preferable. Then there will be no "flow" of Internet orders to neighboring countries with a higher threshold of duty-free delivery.

    Russia insists that parcels from foreign online stores worth up to 22 euros should be imported duty-free, and orders priced from 22 to 150 euros should be taxed at a flat rate of 10-15 euros. In turn, sending 150 euros more expensive in the future can do the citizens of 10-15 euros, plus 30% of the customs value, transmits "Interfax".

    Russia's proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the EAEU Council on December 2. According toKommersant newspapers on November 23, Armenia and Belarus are in favor of lowering the duty-free threshold, while Kazakhstan is against it.

    Earlier, the Vedomosti and Kommersant newspapers reported that a working group under the EEC Council prepared several options for changing the regulation of cross-border Internet commerce.

    According to Vedomosti, the threshold for the cost of parcels for duty-free import into the EAEU countries from foreign online stores was planned to be reduced to 150 euros from the current 1,000 euros. At the same time, for parcels of any value, the ECE wants to introduce a fixed fee of 25 euros.

    Kommersant reportedabout other options for restricting duty-free import. One of them provides for the introduction of a fee of 15 euros for parcels worth 22-150 euros and weighing 1-10 kg. Goods worth more than 150 euros and (or) the total weight of which exceeds 10 kg will require a fee of 15 euros plus 30% of the customs value, but not less than 4 euros per 1 kg of weight.

    According to another scenario, about which Kommersant wrote, parcels worth up to 150 euros and weighing no more than 10 kg were planned to be levied with a fee of 10 euros. For the rest of the packages, the fee should have been 10 euros plus 30% of the customs value, but not less than 4 euros per 1 kg of weight.

    Today, Russians can purchase goods in foreign online stores for a total of up to 1 thousand euros per month without paying duties.

    update 1:

    HowRIA Novosti reported , the FCS of Russia will create a special unit to combat crimes in the field of online trading.

    According to the deputy head of the FCS, Ruslan Davydov, the unit will be formed before the end of 2015 on the basis of the main department of the FCS to combat smuggling. Davydov noted that it will counteract, including the online sale of drugs and weapons, to what is called the "dark Internet."

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