CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP provides pro bono legal advice to the Russian Trade Delegation in the UK.

CISlondonCIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP provides pro bono legal advice to the Russian Trade Delegation in the UK.

CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP is headquartered in London advising corporate and private clients on all key aspects of Russian law. The team of Russian lawyers specialises in M&A deals, joint ventures and other cross-border transactions with a Russian element. The Legal 500 has recognised CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP as a Tier 1 Foreign Law Firm in London for Russia.

Svetlana London – Managing Partner of CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP:
Our company provides pro bono support to the Trade Delegation of the Russian Federation in the UK and would be happy to provide a discount for legal advice on Russian law for UK businesses refereed through the Trade Delegation.

For more information please visit CIS LONDON & PARTNERS LLP website.

List of agricultural and food products prohibited for importation into Russia

On August 7, 2014 the Russian Government issued its Resolution in execution of Russian President’s Decree No. 560 of August 6, 2014, establishing the list of agricultural and food products prohibited for importation into Russia, if the jurisdiction of origin of which is the EU, US, Canada, Australia or Norway (i.e. those that have imposed Ukraine-related economic sanctions against Russian citizens and companies). The Resolution comes into force starting from the date of its official publication (the date is still unknown, but should likely follow soon) and will be effective for one year.
Please see the list below of banned products and their HS codes:

HS Code Product’s name*,***
0201 meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled;
0202 meat of bovine animals, frozen
0203 meat of swine, fresh, chilled of frozen;
0207 meat and edible offal of the poultry mentioned in heading 0105, fresh, chilled or frozen;
from 0210** meat (salted, in brine, dried or smoked)
0301, 0302, 0303, 0304, 0305, 0306, 0307, 0308 fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates;
0401, 0402, 0403, 0404, 0405, 0406 milk and dairy produce;
0701, 0702 00 000, 0703, 0704, 0705, 0706, 0707 00, 0708, 0709, 0710, 0711, 0712, 0713, 0714 edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers;
0801, 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0807, 0808, 0809, 0810, 0811, 0813 fruit and nuts;
1601 00 sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products;
1901 90 110 0,
1901 90 910 0,
Prepared foodstuffs, including cheese and curb based on vegetable oil;
2106 90 920 0,
2106 90 980 4,
2106 90 980 5,
2106 90 980 9
Foodstuffs (containing milk, based on vegetable oils).

Notes:
* – for the purposes of this list please refer to the Customs Classification (HS) Codes of the Customs Union only, the verbal names of the products are given merely for convenience;
** – for the purposes of this position please refer to the Customs Classification (HS) Codes of the Customs Union as well as to the product’s name;
*** – except baby food

How to check a background on the Russian company.

Q: I am looking to do some business with a company in Russia and I would like to know how I can do a background check on the company. In England we can use services from Companies House etc, can you advise how I can check on Russian companies please.

A: Information from the United Register of Legal Entities about Russian legal entities (regarding state registration, any changes of their foundation documents, licenses, etc.) can be found at the official Internet site of the registration authority by placing name of the legal entity or its State Register Number (ОГРН) or Tax Registration number (ИНН) into the appropriate field of the form.
More detailed information about Russian legal entities is available only on the territory of the Russian Federation on a paid basis after a direct application made by your company.
Besides, background checks on the Russian legal entities and individual businessmen are performed by a number of private companies in Russia on a paid basis.
We could also offer you to provide us the name and registration details of the Russian company so that we can see if we would be able to find any background on it.

Advice on the Rostekhnadzor certification for selling our products in to Russia.

Q: I am looking for some advice on the Rostekhnadzor certification for selling our products in to Russia. We manufacture Diesel & Natural Gas generating sets for power needs. Do we need to obtain the certificate or is the end user in Russia who needs approval? From my understanding, it is a permit for the use of the equipment. Is this correct? We have some enquiries from Russia, and some have mentioned the approval. If we do require this, please advise how we go about obtaining the certificate and the costs for the same.

A: In accordance with article 29 of Federal Law no. 184-fz of 27 December, 2002 “On Technical Regulation” for import of some kinds of products (goods) to Russia, importer is obliged to present to the customs authorities together with the customs declaration the compliance certificate, the declaration of compliance or documents of their recognition in accordance with Article 30 of this Federal Law.
More then ten lists of such goods have been already approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.
If the codes of imported goods comply with the codes of goods from these lists, importer should present to the customs authorities the declaration of compliance or another document, certifying that the goods released for circulation comply with the requirements of technical regulations.
For example, several codes of diesel engines and diesel generators are mentioned in the List of machines and equipment requiring obligatory confirmation of compliance when placed under customs regimes permitting alienation or use for their designated purposes on the customs territory of the Russian Federation (endorsed by Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 92 of 26 February, 2010).
Information about certification and customs import procedures is available at the websites: www.gost-r.info and eng.customs.ru
Based on the above, we would advise to involve a professional broker having experience in working with the Russian customs legislation, who will be able, based on technical specifications of the imported items, to determine their product codes and prepare the necessary documentation in accordance with the Russian customs law. The list of such brokers for each country of the
Customs Union is available at the Union’s website: www.tsouz.ru
We also attach an extract from the Federal Law “On Technical Regulation” (in English) which contains provisions mentioned above and the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation no. 92 of 26 February, 2010.

Download Federal law on technical regulation no.184-fz of 27-12- 2002

General requirements to visa documents

To meet the increasing demand, while maintaining high standards of service, the Embassy of the Russian Federation has outsourced its Visa Application Processing to M/S VF Services (UK) Ltd.

This service is available to all nationals residing in the UK who wish to apply for a Russian visa. All applications may be submitted without a prior appointment. This new procedure will not only avoid queuing and waiting lists but will also focus on delivering the visas within a very short time.

Russian Visa Application Center in London

Russian Visa Application Center in Edinburgh

Holders of foreign diplomatic and service passports intending to visit Russia on an official business will continue to apply in person at the Embassy.
For further details on the documents to provide, please consult the following website and follow the instructions corresponding with the purpose of your visit: www.ru.vfsglobal.co.uk

Important Notice: VF Services (UK) Limited will be responsible only for accepting and processing applications. All applications will continue to be assessed by the Embassy of the Russian Federation, London. Timelines and turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authority.

More information about visa can be obtained on the site of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in United Kingdom/Consular department.