Export to Russia

Thinking of starting to export to Russia? The following is an essential country and customs guide to Russia.

Export to Russia

In the 800 years since the principality of Muscovy freed itself from Mongol rule, the development and rise of Russia has never been anything less than extraordinary.

Its empires have been built and lost but even today post-Soviet Russia is the largest nation on earth, spans 11 time zones and retains its power and influence as much through its economic might as it does through military power.

DHL Russia requires shippers to be pre-approved for Business to Consumer shipments.

For more detailed information when trading with Russia, download our Russia Fact Sheet



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Russia: Country Profile
Capital: Moscow Dialling Code: +7
Population: 139.4 million (Source: CIA) Postcode Format: 999999
Official Language: Russian Export
Petroleum and petroleum products, natural gas, metals, wood and wood products, chemicals, and a wide variety of civilian and military manufactures (Source: CIA)
Currency: Russian Rubles Import
Machinery, vehicles, pharmaceutical products, plastic, semi-finished metal products, meat, fruits and nuts, optical and medical instruments, iron, steel (Source: CIA)
Exchange Rate: Russian Rubles (RUB) per US dollar - 30 (2010) (Source: CIA)
Time Zones:

9 Zones:
GMT +03:00, GMT +04:00, GMT +06:00, GMT +07:00, GMT +08:00, GMT +09:00, GMT +10:00, GMT +11:00, GMT +12:00

Daylight saving times also operate across all time zones, from Mar/Apr through to Oct

Essential customs info

There is no import duty for shipments into Russia with a customs value of less than 200 EUR (including transport cost)

Transit Times
Transit Times to Russia are affected by the dutiable value of the shipment due to expected customs clearance times UK to Russia - Example Transit Times
Moscow Documents: 1 day
Dutiable Shipments: 2-3 days
St Petersburg Documents: 1 dat
Dutiable Shipments: 2-3 days
Irkutsk 3 days
Nizhniy Novgorod Documents: 2 days
Dutiable: 3-4 days
Novosibirsk Documents: 2 days
Dutiable: 3-4 days
Magadan Documents: 2 days

DHL Facts

Gateways into the country: 11

Number of Service Centres: 63

DHL Zone: 5

Delivery: Door-to Door Service from DHL

Invoicing: Exports and Imports are billed in Sterling in the UK

Prohibited Items Specific to Russia

DHL’s standard list of prohibited items also applies.. In addition, any publications or documents containing material which could be considered a threat to state security, social order, public morality (eg fascism), or the right to privacy are prohibited for import.)

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Cheques, cashier (NI)
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Excise Stamp
  • Firearms or parts of
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery, including costume
  • Military equipment
  • Non-factory packed chemicals
  • Perishables
  • Personal effects
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Tobacco
  • Undeveloped photographic material
  • Works of art