How to Import Organic Japanese Tea to Russian Federation
The cold weather like that of Russia asks for a beverage that keeps the Russians warm at all times, and what could be better than a hot cup of tea? In Russia, tea is considered to be a de facto national beverage, which means that it is the most popular beverage in the Russian Federation. Tea is also famous in this area because it is a part of Russian culture.
Now, this kind of popularity means that this country already has some of the finest varieties of tea that everyone seeks. But, do you know what it is missing? The finest organic Japanese tea. This tea is capable of making its mark in the booming tea market of the Russian Federation. So, if you want to enter this market, organic Japanese tea would be an exceptional choice to start your journey with. But, how can you import this tea to Russia?
In this blog, we will tell you everything there is to know about importing organic Japanese tea to Russia. Let’s begin.
How to Import Organic Japanese Tea to the Russian Federation?
Importing goods into the Russian Federation consists of a very thorough procedure. In order to import goods to this country, the legal entities first have to conclude an agreement and gather all the necessary documents. Transportation Companies play a very important role in supplying your goods. Therefore, the next thing you need to work on is executing a contract of shipment with this company.
Next up: payment for the customs clearance. This payment depends upon the number of goods you import. You also have to inform the customs officials before your cargo arrives in the country. Once your imported products enter the country, they will be taken to a temporary storage warehouse or a customs control zone. They will remain there till you provide all the necessary information to the customs official. The next step is the most crucial step of importing products into the Russian Federation is preparing and submitting a customs declaration that is also known as the Russian Customs Freight Declaration. (See below to know what documents should accompany this declaration)
Lastly, pay all the taxes and duties to the government of the Russian Federation and transport your organic Japanese tea from the customs warehouse to wherever you want to take it. Once you’ve done all of this and provided accurate information, you will be able to sell and consume this beverage freely in the Russian Federation and the Eurasian Economic Union.
If you want to temporarily import organic Japanese tea and see how the tea market reacts, you can also go for the temporary import of this product or its samples. In this case, you will not have to pay the import VAT along with the customs duties for up to two years. Both of these taxes and duties can be exempted fully or partially.
Documents that must accompany the customs declaration
There are several most important documents that must be presented together with the customs declaration. These documents are:
- Transport documents: Bill of lading, railway waybill, CMR, air waybill. All of these documents are filled in by your exporter. However, in some cases, if the exporter is unavailable, the broker will do all the necessities, but the broker will need to provide a certificate that will contain the carrier’s seal along with yours.
- Commercial documents: Documents of your goods’ payment, invoices.
- Contract and additional agreements: You should prepare the contracts and annexes in advance. Make sure you make them on Word or any other editor because you will need to provide them electronically with the customs declaration.
- Unique Contract Number: Since March 2018, the Russian Federation has marked a stop on the usage of transaction passports. Now, you will need to acquire a Unique Contract Number (UNK) from a nearby bank. But this number is only required if the total value of your import exceeds RUB 3 million.
- Technical product information: This is where your exporter jumps in. The exporter will provide all the technical information and documents regarding your product. The documents can be safety data sheets, catalogs, quality certificates, etc. The exporter may also need to provide information regarding the manufacturing process, materials, usage of the product, and the technical characteristics of the product. Make sure that all of this information matches the one you provide on the customs declaration.
- Certificate of origin: This is required to provide information regarding the producer’s country of origin.
- Certificate of Conformity
- Insurance Contract: If your cargo is insured, you will need to provide the insurance contract to the customs official. If the cargo isn’t insured, you will need to prepare a letter stating that the cargo isn’t insured. You can write this letter and present it to the customs officials. However, some customs offices don’t need it.
- Documents that confirm the declared customs value: Export declaration of the seller’s country with translation, price list, and documents for the previously released goods under the same accounting contract. However, if you’re importing the goods for the first time, you can write a letter stating that this is your first delivery or cargo and you don’t have the aforementioned documents.
Customs duty and Import Tax in Russian Federation
The customs duty and import tax apply to the total cost of your imported products, insurance costs, and shipment costs.
Talking about organic Japanese tea, Russia’s customs duty and import tax are given in the table below.
Are there any labeling/marking requirements on imports to the Russian Federation?
Just like all the other countries, the Russian Federation also has labeling/marking requirements. Labels on your imported products must include:
- The product name (clearly written)
- Volume/weight of the product
- The contents of the food
- Nutritional value of the product
- Country of Origin
- Manufacturer’s name (may be written in Latin numbers)
- Instructions on product usage
- Main characteristics of the product
- Conditions for safe and effective product use
- Storage conditions
- Expiration date
All of this information must be written in Russian, Armenian, Belarusian, Kazakh, and Kyrgyzstani languages.
How to calculate the duty tax on imports to the Russian Federation?
To calculate the import duty tax on tea, you need to know its HS-CODE. In the Russian Federation, the HS-CODE for tea is 63-2-93-90-0.
Now, imagine you import a huge quantity of organic Japanese tea to Russia. The total cost of the product comes out to be RUB 15,000 with the insurance cost of RUB 7,000. This value is bigger than the threshold value of RUB 5,000. It means that you’ll have to pay all the taxes and duties. First comes the general duty tax on tea which is 12.5% of the total value of the import. Now, 0.125 x 22,000 = RUB 2,750. The second one is the average duty tax that is 7.8%. So, 0.078 x 22,000 = RUB 1,716. So, now the total cost of the import becomes 22,000 + 2,750 + 1,716 = RUB 26,466. This is the amount you will have to pay to the customs officials.
Don’t forget to add 20% VAT to this amount as well.
What is the method of payment of customs duties?
The State Customs Committee will collect all your taxes and duties. The customs officials also charge some fees to carry out all the formalities. Payment is made at the time of making the customs declaration, and this payment is made in cash. Once you’re done with the payment, you’ll receive a certificate. This certificate will authorize the customs clearance.
The Russian tea market has been an immense success since the beginning of time. The largest country in the world is also the largest tea-drinking empire in the entire world. Thus, if you want to start your tea business in this giant hub, you’ll need to provide something that leaves everyone tongue-tied, and this can be possible with organic Japanese tea.
Organic Japanese tea has everything that a tea lover looks for in the tea. Therefore, you need to start importing this tea to the Russian Federation as soon as possible. However, make sure that you know all the import requirements and documentation.
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