Russia Certification and Regulatory Compliance

Customs Union Certification     

Most products that you intend to export to any of the Customs Union countries are subject to mandatory certification via either TR CU Certificate of Conformity or TR CU Declaration of Conformity.

Customs Union now includes the following countries:

  • Russia
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrghysia
  • Armenia

They have harmonized their regulations for most products and put in force a new set of common Directives valid for any of these countries. Conformity of products to a relevant set of Technical Regulations of the Customs Union, or TR CU (sometimes, it is transliterated from Russian as "TR TS") is mandatory.

Upon the completion of TR CU certification, the product can and must carry official EAC (Eurasian Community) mark.

The said conformity has to be assessed by an authorized organization like ours in one of the Customs Union member-countries. Once licensed experts review and approve a properly compiled application dossier and run the necessary lab tests, they file a formal Compliance Report, on the basis of which we issue the appropriate TR CU certificate.

The TR CU certification is mandatory for most consumer goods, services, equipment, foods, vehicles etc. Without TR CU certification the product cannot be legally imported in the Customs Union.

Most products that fall under mandatory certification are certified either via TR CU Declaration of Conformity or TR CU Certificate of Conformity. TR CU Certificates of Conformity are issued after very rigorous tests and trials; in many cases, an onsite inspection of the manufacturing facility is required.

If the product has not been included yet in the TR CU Directives, it is subject to national certification, called GOST-R in Russia. This certificate is not valid for other Customs Union countries.

Several groups of products are subject to State (Federal) Registration in Russia. State Registration certificate now replaces the former Sanitary-Hygienic Certification. Among products that fall under mandatory State Registration are dietary supplements, medical devices and chemical products.

Many products are subject to additional certifications: besides TR, there are 16 other mandatory certification systems (like Fire Safety Certificate, RTN Permit etc) and 129 voluntary certification systems.

If the HS Code you have selected for your product is exempt from mandatory certification, it does not mean that the merchandise would be seamlessly admitted in the Customs Union. To avoid frictions with Customs officials, many exporters obtain Voluntary Certificates and Exemption Letters. Signed by the legitimate regulatory organizations, these two documents serve as a final argument to the Customs if they question the exemptibility of your product. Voluntary Certification as well enhances the credibility and marketability of the goods.

When deciding on the scope and type of certification your product has to go through, it is best to follow the advice of a competent Russia regulatory consultant.

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