Russia Humanitarian Customs Regulations

This document was submitted in response to a questionnaire distributed by Global Hand regarding humanitarian customs information. It provides regulations for importing humanitarian aid into Russia.

Required Documents

  • Bill of lading/airway bill
  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list
  • Fumigation certificate
  • Deed of donation
  • Certificate of origin
  • Buyer’s pledge to use donation only to support the poor
  • In some cases: certificate of compliance, sanitary or phytosanitary certificate, veterinary certificate

Prohibited Goods

Only essential consumer commodities and other goods (clothes, footwear, medical supplies, and medical equipment) are allowed to enter as humanitarian aid. Other commodities can be permitted to enter as humanitarian aid only according to intergovernmental agreement or special decision by the Russian government’s commission on international humanitarian aid.

Tax Exemption

Humanitarian cargo is exempt from customs fees, duty and VAT. Excise-duty goods are not exempt and excise duty is paid by the Russian buyer.

Monetary Valuation

Monetary valuation is required on an individual item basis, in US dollar.


There are no restrictions re new or second hand goods.

Other Information

  • The information on the customs procedure for humanitarian aid can be received in the Russian Government’s Commission on international aid (113 324 Moscow, Russia, 18/1 Ouchinnikovskaya Naberezhnaya; Tel. (7)-(095)
  • 2442805 And in the Russia’s State Customs Committee, Moscow; Tel. (7)
  • (095)
  • 449 7205; Fax.(7)
  • (095) 913 9390 or 449 7300; Email: Website:


Consulate General of the Russian Federation in the Hong Kong SAR. Date published: 16/07/2003