CIS 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.
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.
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
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