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EEC addresses Russian proposal on reducing allowance of duty-free import of goods for personal use

EEC addresses Russian proposal on reducing allowance of duty-free import of goods for personal use

3/4/2020

                   The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission has considered the issue of regulating the duty-free import of goods for personal use purchased by individuals within the framework of international e-commerce. The Eurasian Intergovernmental Council had instructed the Commission jointly with the governments of the Union States to address the incremental changes in duty-free norms, synchronizing thresholds for duty-free import of goods in trade and non-trade turnover as well as separating customs administration rules for such goods in the Customs Code of the EAEU in an individual unit with introducing an e-trade authorized operator institute.

            As Nurlan Akmatov, EEC Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation, reminded, the allowance of duty-free import had been already reduced from 500 to 200 Euros since January 1, 2020. Nevertheless, the Russian side offers a further reduction due to the flow of profits and taxes from retail to online stores located in foreign countries.

            During the discussion, the EEC Board Members expressed their opinion on the need provide insight on the situation and possible consequences of reducing the allowance of duty-free import of goods for personal use.

            It is also planned to report on the progress of the issue at the meeting of the EEC Council.​