Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Last updated on 01/09/2013
If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Linda Martinich at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.
**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**
Import Tariffs - Russia
|Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia are members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU, also known as the EAEU|) under the Governing body of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Most duties are levied on an ad valorem basis. However, some goods are subject to specific duties and others to a combination of specific and ad valorem duties. Specific duties are based on unit of measurement such as weight or volume and are stated and calculated in European currency units. Currently, about 85% of tariffs are harmonized across the EEU. Please keep in mind that there may be individual tariff rates that are not harmonized yet, although all tariff lines must be harmonized by 2025
Russia Ad Valorem Tariffs on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
* Some products may be subject to per unit tariffs.
Tariff Rate Range (%)
|-other vegetable fiber|
0 - 12
0 - 3
5 - 10
|-other vegetable fiber|
8 - 10
0 - 15
3 - 8
|Non Woven Fabric|
5 - 10*
5 - 17.5*
|Home Furnishings |
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
6 - 17.5
0 - 15
For more detailed tariff information, see the Eurasian Economic Commission > Click on your language at the top > Under “what you need to know”, click on “Common Customs Tariff”. See also the Russian Federal Customs Service website.
Additional Import Taxes and Fees--In addition to tariffs, there are two types of charges applied to imports, the VAT (value added tax) and selective excise taxes. Russian importers pay a VAT of 18%, which is applied to the import price plus tariff. However, children's apparel and medical supplies are subject to a 10-percent VAT. An Excise Tax, ranging from 20% - 570%, is levied on a number of luxury goods, alcohol, and cigarettes. An excise tax, if applicable, is calculated as a percentage of the customs value of the goods. The Excise tax DOES NOT apply to textile and apparel products unless they are leather goods.
A customs processing fee of 0.15 percent of the actual cost of the goods is also levied. There are two components to this fee- a miscellaneous customs clearance fee of .1 percent, payable in rubles, and a additional tax of .05 percent, payable in foreign currency.
Temporary Entry/Samples - Temporary entry with full or partial relief from customs duties and import VAT for a period of up to two years,is allowed for commercial samples, not for sale, used at trade shows and exhibitions for up to two years.
Although Russian Customs accepts the use of some temporary import regime (TIR) carnets, the issuance tends to made under somewhat limited circumstances. Entry into Russia through Moscow or St. Petersburg is preferred.
Russian Customs issues authorization for temporary entry of goods based on a written application submitted by an importer. Temporarily imported goods must remain unchanged, except for normal wear and tear or natural loss, and must not be sold or otherwise transferred to any third party. Customs authorities may also require the importer of record to provide security for import customs payments (i.e. bank guarantee or cash deposit) before granting the temporary import customs regime.
When partial exemption from import customs payments is granted, the temporary import regime requires a payment of 3% of the regular import duty, which must be paid for each month that the goods stay in Russia. However, the generally permitted term for temporary import is still limited to two years.
For further information, please refer to the Federal Customs Service (English option at bottom of page)
ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.
|If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.|
Additional resources for tariff information:
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Import Documentation/Procedures (Russia)
Import Restrictions (Russia)
|No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.|
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|U.S. Export Restrictions:|
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
Standards - Russia
Labeling - Russia
Labeling requirements are set up in the Law For the Protection of the Consumer. For the textile products and light industry, the labeling requirements are explained in the Regulation of Gosstandart n°51121-97.
In general, all the information must be in Russian, except the name of the producer or the importer with the condition to mention in Russian that it is the importer or the producer. Labels are to include information as follows:
- name of the product (e.g., "skirt" , "dress", etc.)
- model of the product
- name and address of the producer or of the distributor
- country of origin
- fiber content (fibers presented by order of importance and with the percentage)
- size according to the Russian size system
- care instructions
- the Gosstandard logo of conformity
- code of recommended age (for children's clothing)
Labels are to be affixed to the product. Information for imported products can be provided on stickers on the original label, or on the package of the product. Regulations can be obtained from Russia's State Committee on Standardization and Metrology (Gosstandart).
For additional information regarding labeling and marking requirements, contact:
Russian Center for Tests and Certification, GOSSTANDART
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Market Information - Russia
No specific information is available.
|U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you. |
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For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.
Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
U.S. Office of the Trade Representative
Local Industry and Trade Associations
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