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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Russia

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to Russia.
Please be aware that all goods, including documents, imported to Russia, regardless of their value are subject to customs clearance.

Simplified customs clearance procedure may be applied if the customs value* of goods does not exceed the equivalent of 200 EUR and goods are not subject to special customs control measures. Simplified procedure does not require any additional documents or information to be provided by the consignee. The goods for which additional documents and/or information for clearance are required will be cleared individually independently on customs value.

Individual customs clearance procedure is applied for goods with customs value* exceeding the equivalent of 200 EUR; goods for which customs requires additional documents or information, even if the customs value* of such goods does not exceed the equivalent of 200 EUR.

DHL Express is aimed to provide our customers with a smooth, high quality service. To avoid any unexpectedness when importing goods to Russia, please firstly check a possibility of your shipment’s delivery to a particular location. Please contact DHL Customer Service team in your respective city for further assistance.

*Customs value includes: value of the goods + transportation costs + other related expenses, if any (e.g. insurance).

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

From Russian Customs legislation perspective any commodity is considered as a good. Any commodities which have customs value are considered by DHL as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Paperback commodities, which have no customs value and which are shipped not as a part of foreign trade transactions are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Business documents with no customs value
Hard copy of agreements, invoices
Hard copy of reports, etc

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Banking cards
Spare parts
Data storage devices (CD, SD card)
Mobile phones, etc
All other commodities that are Non-Document in nature should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.
The import of DHL EXPRESS WORLDWIDE Non-document (e.g. dutiable) shipments addressed to private individuals has been temporarily restricted to all destinations in Russia. This is due to changes in customs clearance procedures for all express carriers implemented in 2010.

There are no restrictions on the import of express shipments addressed to corporate entities and organizations. For further details, please contact a DHL customer service advisor at +7 495 961 1001.

Prohibited Commodities for Russia

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Oil subject to excise (fuel)