The three golden rules for shipping to Russia运往俄罗斯的三大黄金法则
Total value: The total value of your shipment is defined as the value of the samples stated on the invoice + the cost of the shipment itself (that is, what you pay the courier for sending the items). In order to prevent your samples from being hold up in Russian customs, the total value of your shipment shouldn’t exceed 200 euros (or 200 USD)!
Weight: In order to be deemed as “samples” and smoothly pass controls at customs, the entire package should not weigh more than 50 kg. If it is heavier, your shipment has a good chance of getting stuck in customs.
Quantity of each item: Don’t send more than five samples of any one product. This is really important, and not only because it affects the weight of your shipment (as we have seen earlier). As with many other countries, voluntary or mandatory certification is required to import certain goods into Russia, and if you are a newbie in the market, you probably don’t have one yet (you can always get one later on your own or jointly with your importer). By only shipping a maximum of five samples of each product, you’ll be sure to get through customs without getting stuck. If you send more than five, you’ll be asked for a certification (as for the Resolution of the Russian Government No. 53 of February 8, 2008).