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If you need an international shipping service from China to Russia, you are in the right place, here in this article, we try to give you all the necessary information that you need for air, road, and rail, express, and door to door (DDP) shipping from china to Russia like shipping cost, transit time and other tips.

Russia borders Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, North Korea, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine by land and Japan and the United States by sea.

Russian Federation is one of the leading strategic partners of china, china and Russia have many important economic relationships, and every year those of people from Russia ravel to china and buy Chinese goods and need shipping service from China to Russia.

Here in DDPCH have many years of experience for any shipping service to Russia, we are happy every year to provide service to more than 300 Russian customers and make them happy with our services.

please after reading this page if you still need help contact us, we make everything easy for shipping service from China to Russia

Customs clearance in Russia

DDPCH customs specialists are ready to provide advice based on about seven years of experience in customs clearance procedures
by Russian customs legislation.
We have many years of experience in importing products to Russian and we provide best customs clearance services to you in Russia

unfortunately, the customs clearance process in Russia is very complicated, and if you do not have enough knowledge and skills about this process maybe you put yourself in big trouble and finally your final customs clearance cost increase a lot

What is Customs in Russia?

Customs allows the Russian government to protect its interests at the border, enable and control trading relations, and collect duties, fees, and taxes. customs allow the government to protect local brands and businesses too.

This full guide to customs clearance in Russia has been designed to support shippers, and importers from china to understand the necessary documentation required for smooth, easy clearance of their goods at Russia.

How to start the customs clearance process in Russia?

The Customs clearance process in Russia is a little complicated but we try to explain to you all the steps:

Necessary documents for customs clearance in Russia

If you want to start customs clearance in Russia, you must prepare many documents to start this process

Here are the documents that you should send with the shipment when sending a shipment from China to Russia:

  • One of the following documents for value confirmation: Price list verified by the seller (catalog page, print-out from internet, etc.); Receipt; Copy of exportation declaration (where permitted by law in your country of export)
  • Your HS Tariff coding required permissions(e.g., for plant products quarantine approval is required from consignor)
  • Copy of insurance license with insurance amount (for incoterms: CIP, CIF), where insurance is part of the contract.
  • Company registration documents
  • Import/export contract
  • Approved Brokerage contract if Customs Broker Service is used
  • Number of the passport of Import Deal (a particular document of currency control issued by the importer’s bank if customs value more than 50 000 USD)
  • Official letter to customs
  • Permissions published by Russian Authorities (e.g., import permits etc.) where required by HS (tariff) code


A commercial invoice is one of the main documents that you need to import your goods from China to Russia.

The commercial invoice is a legal paper among the supplier and the customer that clearly explains’ the sold goods and the amount due to the customer.
The commercial invoice is one of the primary documents used by customs in determining customs duties.

How to fill the PRO-FORMA INVOICE?

Here we explain to you how to fill PRO-FORMA INVOICE when you buy any products from a Chinese seller; please tell to your seller prepper a PRO-FORMA INVOICE with this standard; otherwise, you have the problem for customs clearance process in Russia.


  1. The declared value needs to be accurate and supported by documentation (on request).
  2. All commodity descriptions should be as detailed as possible.
  3. All documents need to be consistent, with no discrepancies
    (e.G., in currency, sender name, etc.).
  4. Duties & fees must be paid at the destination by the receiver (who will also need to clear the shipment in their name). DDP is not available.
  5. The right preparation of documentation before shipping decreases shipping time.

What is the Average Customs Duty rate in Russia?

The customs duty fee for each product and each HS code is different bt normally general goods are subject to customs duties in the amount of 8% of their value but not less than 4 Euro/1kg.

However, all agents and all involved in the organization of cargo import from China to Russia should be aware that the weight of the shipment must be rational and consistent with value.

Before packing and shipping, it is essential to consult with an agent in the country of destination regarding the weight of the shipment and its value.
Sometimes, customs requires the presence of the Customer during the customs clearance process.

Taxes and customs duties in Russia

Like another country, each product in Russia has different Taxes and customs duties.

At the beginning of 2001, Russia set into effect a new and more straight forward tariff formation, consisting of four basic rates: 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20%.

This definitely lowered the tariff ceiling from 30% to 20%. There is also a 20% value-added tax (VAT) on most imported goods, except for food products, which carry a VAT of only 10%. Excise taxes on luxury goods, alcohol, tobacco, and autos range from 20% to 570%.

Customs and Import duty tax calculation method in Russia

Customs Duties or Import duty tax charged on certain goods that are brought into and taxes will be pending and need to be cleared while importing goods into Russia, whether by a private individual or a commercial entity.

for more information, you can use the information in this tabel:

Duty Rates Average Duty Rate Sales Tax(GST) Threshold on goods
0% to 100% 7.80% ST=18% Duty and Taxes are free if CIF value and weight do not exceed 1000 and 31 kg per for personal imports. There is no threshold for commercial imports
VAT = ST * (CIF + Duty+ other taxes)

How to import samples from China to Russia?

Every day many people from Russian buy and send samples of products from Chinese sellers. And they ask us how they can send samples to Russia, and they ask about the customs clearance process for samples ample too.

Commercial samples are exempt from customs duties and import VAT for a period of up to two years if they are used only for promotional proposes. Biological samples and samples of medicines must be accompanied by specific certificates.

Customs classification in Russia

Russia implements the Harmonized Customs System (HS codes). The customs tariff includes 11,032 tariff lines.

How pay customs duties fee in Russia?

Usually, when you use the DDPCH shipping service, we do customs clearance for you in Russia.
but if you want o customs clearance by yourself, you need to know how to pay customs clearance in Russia

Customs also collects payments for carrying out customs formalities.
Payment is made in cash when making the customs declaration.
Clearing customs is only approved with a certificate proving payment has been made.

What is an HS Code for import, export, customs clearance, and shipping?

The HS is one of the most successful instruments developed by the World Customs Organization(WCO) because it addresses a fundamental need of governments: the ability to categorize what is being traded. This enables both decisions on immediate actions for specific goods (for example, duty collections, restrictions, or controls) and the use of the collated information to underpin economic and trade-related policies and planning.

HS Code for short, is a common standard worldwide for describing the type of commodity that is shipped.

Explained and operated by the World Customs Organization, the HS Code.

  • Consists of 5,000 commodity groups Covered in 99 Chapters containing 21 Sections;
  • Is identified by a six-digit code;
  • Is arranged in a legal and logical structure; and
  • Is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification all over the world

Product category of Russian Customs (HS CODE )

According to bu Russian customs regulation, they have 97 chapters of the category of product in the customs system.

So if you want to find your HS code product, first need to know which chapter is your product.

Section I Live Animals; Animal Products
Chapter 01 Live Animals
Chapter 02 Meat and Edible Meat Offal
Chapter 03 Fish and Crustaceans, Mollusks and Other AquaticInvertebrates
Chapter 04 Dairy Produce; Birds’ Eggs; Natural Honey; EdibleProducts of Animal Origin, Not Specified or IncludedElsewhere
Chapter 05 Products of Animal Origin, not Elsewhere Specified orIncluded
Section II Vegetable Products
Chapter 06 Live Trees and Other Plants; Bulbs, Roots and the Like;Cut Flowers and Ornamental Foliage
Chapter 07 Edible Vegetables and Certain Roots and Tubers
Chapter 08 Edible Fruit and Nuts; Peel of Citrus Fruits or Melons
Chapter 09 Coffee, Tea, Mate, and Spices
Chapter 10 Cereals
Chapter 11 Products of the Milling Industry; Malt; Starches;Inulin; Wheat Gluten
Chapter 12 Oil Seeds and Oleaginous Fruits; Miscellaneous Grains,Seeds and Fruit; Industrial or Medicinal Plants; Strawand Fodder
Chapter 13 Lac; Gums, Resins and Other Vegetable Saps and Extracts
Chapter 14 Vegetable Plaiting Materials; Vegetable Products NotElsewhere Specified or Included
Section III Animal or Vegetable Fats and Oils and Their CleavageProducts; Prepared Edible Fats; Animal or VegetableWaxes
Chapter 15 Animal or Vegetable Fats and Oils and Their CleavageProducts; Prepared Edible Fats; Animal or VegetableWaxes
Section IV Prepared Foodstuffs; Beverages, Spirits and Vinegar;Tobacco and Manufactured Tobacco Substitutes
Chapter 16 Preparations of Meat, of Fish, or of Crustaceans,Molluscs, or Other Aquatic Invertebrates
Chapter 17 Sugar and Sugar Confectionery
Chapter 18 Cocoa and Cocoa Preparations
Chapter 19 Preparations or Cereals, Flour, Starch, or Milk;Pastrycooks’ Products
Chapter 20 Preparation of Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts or Other Partsof Plants
Chapter 21 Miscellaneous Edible Preparations
Chapter 22 Beverages, Spirits, and Vinegar
Chapter 23 Residues And Waste From the Food Industries; PreparedAnimal Fodder
Chapter 24 Tobacco and Manufactured Tobacco Substitutes
Section V Mineral Products
Chapter 25 Salt; Sulphur; Earths and Stone; Plastering Materials,Lime and Cement
Chapter 26 Ores, Slag, and Ash
Chapter 27 Mineral Fuels, Mineral Oils and Products of TheirDistillation; Bituminous Substances; Mineral Waxes
Section VI Products of the Chemical or Allied Industries
Chapter 28 Inorganic Chemicals; Organic or Inorganic Compounds ofPrecious Metals, of Rare-Earth Metals, of RadioactiveElements or of Isotopes
Chapter 29 Organic Chemicals
Chapter 30 Pharmaceutical Products
Chapter 31 Fertilizers
Chapter 32 Tanning or Dyeing Extracts; Tannins and TheirDerivatives; Dyes, Pigments and Other Colouring Matter;Paints and Varnishes; Putty and Other Mastics; Inks
Chapter 33 Essential Oils and Resinoids; Perfumery, Cosmetic,Toilet Preparations
Chapter 34 Soap, Organic Surface-Active Agents, WashingPreparations, Lubricating Preparations, ArtificialWaxes, Prepared Waxes, Polishing or ScouringPreparations, Candles and Similar Articles, ModellingPastes, “Dental Waxes” and Dental Preparations with aBasis of Plaster
Chapter 35 Albuminous Substances; Modified Starches; Glues;Enzymes
Chapter 36 Explosives; Pyrotechnic Products; Matches; PyrophoricAlloys; Certian Combustible Preparations
Chapter 37 Photographic and Cinematographic Goods
Chapter 38 Miscellaneous Chemical Products
Section VII Plastics and Articles Thereof; Rubber and ArticlesThereof
Chapter 39 Plastics and Articles Thereof
Chapter 40 Rubber and Articles Thereof
Section VIII Raw Hides and Skins, Leather, Furskins and ArticlesThereof; Saddlery and Harness; Travel Goods, Handbagsand Similar Containers; Articles of Animal Gut (OtherThan Silkworm Gut)
Chapter 41 Raw Hides and Skins (Other Than Furskins) and Leather
Chapter 42 Articles of Leather; Saddlery and Harness; TravelGoods, Handbags and Similar Containers; Articles ofAnimal Gut (Other Than Silkworm Gut)
Chapter 43 Furskins and Artificial Fur; Manufactures Thereof
Section IX Wood and Articles of Wood; Wood Charcoal; Cork andArticles of Cork; Manufactures of Straw, of Esparto orof Other Plaiting Materials; Basketware and Wickerwork
Chapter 44 Wood and Articles of Wood; Wood Charcoal
Chapter 45 Cork and Articles of Cork
Chapter 46 Manufactures of Straw, of Esparto or of Other PlaitingMaterials; Basketware and Wickerwork
Section X Pulp of Wood or of Other Fibrous Cellulosic Material;Recovered (Waste and Scrap) Paper or Paperboard; Paperand Paperboard and Articles thereof
Chapter 47 Pulp of Wood or of Other Fibrous Cellulosic Material;Recovered (Waste and Scarp) Paper or Paperboard
Chapter 48 Paper and Paperboard; Articles of Paper Pulp, of Paperor of Paperboard
Chapter 49 Printed Books, Newspapers, Pictures and Other Productsfor the Printing Industry; Manuscripts, Typescripts andPlans
Section XI Textiles and Textile Articles
Chapter 50 Silk
Chapter 51 Wool, Fine or Coarse Animal Hair; Horsehair Yarn andWoven Fabric
Chapter 52 Cotton
Chapter 53 Other Vegetable Textile Fibers; Paper Yarn and WovenFabrics or Paper Yarn
Chapter 54 Man-Made Filaments
Chapter 55 Man-Made Staple Fibers
Chapter 56 Wadding, Felt, and Non-Wovens; Special Yarns; Twine,Cordage, Ropes, and Cables and Articles Thereof
Chapter 57 Carpets and Other Textile Floor Coverings
Chapter 58 Special Woven Fabrics; Tufted Textile Fabrics; Lace;Tapestries; Trimmings; Embroidery
Chapter 59 Impregnated, Coated, Covered, or Laminated TextileFabrics; Textile Articles of the Kind Suitable forIndustrial Use
Chapter 60 Knitted or Crocheted Fabrics
Chapter 61 Articles of Apparel and Clothing Accessories, Knittedor Crocheted
Chapter 62 Articles of Apparel and Clothing Accessories, NotKnitted or Crocheted
Chapter 63 Other Made-Up Textile Articles; Sets; Worn Clothing andWorn Textile Articles; Rags
Section XII Footwear, Headgear, Umbrellas, Sun Umbrellas,Walking-Sticks, Seat-Sticks, Whips, Riding-Crops andParts Thereof; Prepared Feathers and Articles MadeTherewith; Artificial Flowers; Articles of Human Hair
Chapter 64 Footwear, Gaiters, and the Like; Parts of Such Articles
Chapter 65 Headgear and Parts Thereof
Chapter 66 Umbrellas, Sun Umbrellas, Walking-Sticks, Seat-Sticks,Whips, Riding Crops and Parts Thereof
Chapter 67 Prepared Feathers and Down and Articles Made ofFeathers or of Down; Artificial Flowers; Articles ofHuman Hair
Section XIII Articles of Stone, Plaster, Cement, Asbestos, Mica, orSimilar Materials; Ceramic Products; Glass andGlassware
Chapter 68 Articles of Stone, Plaster, Cement, Asbestos, Mica orSimilar Materials
Chapter 69 Ceramic Products
Chapter 70 Glass and Glassware
Section XIV Natural or Cultured Pearls, Precious or Semi-PreciousStones, Precious Metals, Metals Clad with PreciousMetal and Articles Thereof; Imitation Jewellery; Coins
Chapter 71 Natural or Cultured Pearls, Precious or Semi-PreciousStones, Precious Metals, Metals Clad with PreciousMetal and Articles Thereof; Imitation Jewellery; Coins
Section XV Base Metals and Articles of Base Metal
Chapter 72 Iron and Steel
Chapter 73 Articles of Iron or Steel
Chapter 74 Copper and Articles Thereof
Chapter 75 Nickel and Articles Thereof
Chapter 76 Aluminium and Articles Thereof
Chapter 78 Lead and Articles Thereof
Chapter 79 Zinc and Articles Thereof
Chapter 80 Tin and Articles Thereof
Chapter 81 Other Base Metals; Cermets; Articles Thereof
Chapter 82 Tools, Implements, Cutlery, Spoons, and Forks, of BaseMetal; Parts Thereof of Base Metal
Chapter 83 Miscellaneous Articles of Base Metal
Section XVI Machinery and Mechanical Appliances; ElectricalEquipment; Parts Thereof; Sound Recorders andReproducers, Television Image and Sound Recorders andReproducers and Parts and Accessories of Such Articles
Chapter 84 Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery and MechanicalAppliances; Parts Thereof
Chapter 85 Electrical Machinery and Equipment and Parts Thereof;Sound Recorders and Reproducers, Television Image andSound Recorders and Reproducers, and Parts andAccessories of Such Articles
Section XVII Vehicles, Aircraft, Vessels and Associated TransportEquipment
Chapter 86 Railway or Tramway Locomotives, Rolling-Stock and PartsThereof; Railway or Tramway Track Fixtures and Fittingsand Parts Thereof; Mechanical (IncludingElectromechanical) Traffic Signalling Equipment of AllKinds
Chapter 87 Vehicles Other Than Railway or Tramway Rolling-Stock,and Parts and Accessories Thereof
Chapter 88 Aircraft, Spacecraft, and Parts Thereof
Chapter 89 Ships, Boats and Floating Structures
Section XVIII Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, Measuring,Checking, Precision, Medical or Surgical Instrumentsand Apparatus; Clocks and Watches; Musical Instruments;Parts and Accessories Thereof
Chapter 90 Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, Measuring,Checking, Precision, Medical or Surgical Instrumentsand Apparatus; Parts and Accessories Thereof
Chapter 91 Clocks and Watches and Parts Thereof
Chapter 92 Musical Instruments; Parts and Accessories of SuchArticles
Section XIX Arms and Ammunition; Parts and Accessories Thereof
Chapter 93