02.2018 Certification of World Cup stadiums
This year in summer the Football World Cup will begin. Not only for European companies
a certification for export to Russia and the Customs Union is required but also for the
World Cup stadiums in Russia a Certification is mandatory. This is a "green"
according to recognized environmental sustainability standards. This is part of the FIFA
requirements. Meanwhile, the most important stadium in Moscow (e.g. for opening-match
and final) has received this certification.
01.2018 Russian ban on imports of pork continues
The Russian ban from 2014 on pork imports from the EU is still valid.
This has been classified as illegal and therefore the EU now is demanding fines in the
amount of billions from Russia. Russia, on the other hand, considers this import ban
as a countermeasure on the sanctions from the western countries from 2014 because
of the Ukraine-crisis.
Therefore, an arbitral tribunal will be summoned.
11.2017 New customs-codex for the EurAsian Customs Union
The EAC (EurAsian Customs Union) which consists of Russia, Belarus, Kazachstan,
Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) has ratified a new customs-codex.
This codex comes into effect from January 2018.
The new customs-codex includes a simplification of import rules by unifying existing
rules of each country. With this, customs-procedures can be easier and quicker
which should improve the imports and exports within the Customs Union.
But it certainly will be also of advantage for international companies that plan
to deliver to the countries of the Customs Union.
10.2017 Certificates for Uzbekistan
We often have inquiries for
certificates for Uzbekistan. But since Uzbekistan does not
belong to the EurAsian Customs Union (Russia, Kazachstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and
Armenia) the EAC- resp. TR-CU-Certificates are not valid.
For Uzbekistan there are own GOST-Certificates:
- Certificates with 3-year validity
- 1-lot-certificate (Certificate
We recommend to use for Uzbekistan 1-lot-Certificates because Certificates with 3-year
validity are very expensive and a company-visit, sample-tests etc. are obligatory.
Generally, for a Certification for Uzbekistan all data has to be provided in Russian language!
If you have an inquiry for Uzbekistan, we will be glad to be of assistance.
Because of the sanctions and a weak ruble, the exports from Western-Europe to Russia
since 2013 have declined drastically. But this year, the exports are increasing again
and foreign companies are investing more, expecially because European products have
a good reputation in Russia.
However, the USA has decided to start new sanctions against Russia and this can
influence e.g. projects in the energy-sector, in which also European companies are
involved. On the other hand Russia and the Customs Union still are very interested
in European products and technical know-how.
Russia has extended its sanctions against the EC. This concerns mainly agricultural
products like fruits, vegetables, meat- and milk-products. These sanctions are expected
to be valid until end of 2018. Herewith Russia reacts to the EC sanctions and Russia
wants to improve its own production.
On the other hand, the Russian agriculture is more than ever dependant on the import
of foreign machines and technique. Our experts are specialized in the certification of
almost all kinds of machines and are willing to help with any inquiries.
Angela Merkel's first trip to Russia after several years and her meeting with Vladimir Putin is
seen positively by the European Economy. Despite of the still existing sanctions the German-
Russian trade is slowly picking-up again. The oil-price and Rubel are increasing which leads
to more imports.
If you are planning to export to Russia or the Customs Union (Russia, Kazachstan, Belarus,
Armenia, Kyrgyzstan) we will be pleased to advise you regarding the different types of
voluntary or mandatory certifications.
For this year German companies are expecting significantly more exports and better
business with Russia as in previous years despite of the still existing sanctions.
The reason is a recovery of the Russian economy and the increased oil-price.
For that reason there are more inquiries for certifications and registrations of products
so that these can be delivered and used in Russia and the Customs Union.
If you have any questions regarding certifications etc. we will be pleased to be of
any assistance. Please contact us.
If a specific product will require a TR-CU- resp. EAC-Certificate for the Customs Union /
Eurasian Economic Union, it will be determined based on the Technical Regulations
of the Customs Union.
These Technical Regulations will be mentioned on the TR-CU/EAC-Certificates.
This means that the certified products correspond with the requirements of the
respective Technical Regulation of the Customs Union.
In the area of mechanical engineering e.g. the following Technical Regulations are used:
TR CU 004/2011 "On safety of low-voltage equipment"
TR CU 010/2011 "On safety of machinery and equipment"
TR CU 012/2011 "On safety of the equipment for work in explosive environments"
TR CU 020/2011 "Electromagnetic compatibilty of technical means" (EMC)
TR CU 032/2013 "On safety of equipment, which works under pressure"
Our experts also are accredited for almost all other Technical Regulations.
Until now there are totally 35 Technical Regulations.