How to Export Goods to the Russian Federation

Conformity assessment is a key moment that should be taken into account when exporting goods to Russia. This process is related to the Russian state system of safety and quality control (this includes biological, technical, ecological and legal control).

It is essential that exporters familiarize themselves with the requirements set by the Russian government prior to actually exporting goods. In many cases, international certificate of conformity is required, as well as the certificate of origin and other documents that can only be obtained in the country where the goods were produced. They include: conformity certificate or declaration of conformity, manufacturer’s certificate, experts’ report, and various letters and licenses.

Certificate of conformity can be issued under different certification systems. However, prior to exporting goods to Russia, it is essential to understand which goods require mandatory certification. Remember that facultative certification can only supplement, but not substitute, mandatory conformity assessment of goods. The evident advantage of facultative certification, however, is the fact that the manufacturer (or exporter) is free to choose the certification system (GOST, ISO, Technical regulations, etc.), regulatory documents as well as quality and safety criteria. To determine whether a mandatory certificate of conformity is required for the exported goods, you should refer to the Russian legislation. Keep in mind that international certificate of conformity significantly simplifies the process of conformity assessment in the Russian Federation.

Russian market becomes more and more attractive for foreign exporters as the country develops its own certification standards and introduces numerous Technical regulations. As such, the Customs Union Agreement, which stipulates the process of exporting and importing goods in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, went into force in 2012. Under this Agreement, a certificate of conformity, state registration certificate and a letter issued by the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights (also known as Rospotrebnadzor) are required for certain goods.

The organization in charge of the conformity assessment procedure and the issuance of the corresponding document depends on the type of this document. As such, they might be issued by the Customs Union Commission, the Federal Agency for Technical regulation, the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights, the Emergency Control Ministry of Russia, etc.

Prior to exporting goods to Russia, it is essential to understand which documents have to be obtained by the exporter and which ones need to be obtained by their partner, the importer. To make the exportation as smooth as possible, you should decide on the certification scheme and the regulatory documents. You might need to obtain a fire safety certificate, manufacturer’s certificate; as for the certification scheme, you might want to get a certificate for one delivery only, a certificate for several deliveries, a certificate issued for the manufacturer, etc. To learn more about the available options, contact ROSTEST for a free consultation.

The company’s representatives will help you to understand the exportation process better and to obtain all the required documents (certificate of conformity, declaration of conformity, state registration certificate, etc.) in time. Contact ROSTEST before you begin the exportation procedure, it’s free and there’s no obligation.