The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation has developed a new draft law on customs regulation. The draft law provides, inter alia, that advance notification data can be submitted to the customs authorities in English, without Russian translation. This regards to standard shipping documents provided by international treaties in the field of transportation.
Now the advance notification is performed in Russian.
The draft law also provides that place of customs warehousing can be changed in certain cases, in particular, if a bonded warehouse does not meet the required storage conditions (temperature, humidity etc.). The place of customs warehousing can also be changed by a reasoned application of a person responsible for cargo. Transportation of relocated cargo shall be performed without application of customs transit regime, if another bonded warehouse is located in the area of responsibility of the same customs office.
Customs warehousing regime can be applied if the customs authorities need to perform additional investigation to decide whether or not the imported cargo item can be released for domestic consumption.
If the draft law is adopted, the current Russian law on customs regulation passed in 2010 becomes invalid.
The adoption of new law may simplify customs procedures and should be considered for the movement of cargoes cross the Russian border.