08.2020 Virtual audit
For many certifications (especially for certifications with a validity of several years /
serial certifications) a company-visit by Russian experts at the factory of the producer
is obligatory. Bute because of the present Corona-virus situation the Russian experts
are not allowed to travel at the moment.
As long there is still a travel-ban, it is possible that the experts do a video-conference
with the producer. But there are strict regulations for such a video audit and many
documents etc. have to be checked in advance.
If also sample-tests are obligatory the experts have to see during the virtual audit the
samples (with model-names, markings and serials-numbers) that later will be sent to
Russia for tests by the producer.
But a virtual audit does not replace a real company-visit. As soon as the experts will
be allowed to travel again they have to do the company-visit on site as quickly as possible.
07.2020 Decision of Exempt
If a product did not need any Certification for export, a Negative Statement (a
letter from a Certification Body) was issued. But meanwhile the Customs often
does not accept these any more.
Therefore, a so-called official Decision of Exempt will be issued! For this, the
Certification Body first makes an Application form and registers it in their database
and also in the database of the FSA (Federal Service for Accreditation). After that
they take the official Decision that this Application cannot be taken into work
because the product does not require any approval. Normally, this document is
accepted much better by the Customs.
If your are interested in an Decision of Exempt or would like to check if your
product(s) require a Certification or not, please contact us.
06.2020 Corona news
The situation in Russia at the moment is still quite serious. For more than 2 months
now, many areas are affected by a lockdown, which is now loosend bit by bit. Large
companies and constructions sites go back to work and also some citizen offices open
again. However, many companies and authorities are still partially closed and many
employees work from home.
Of course, this can cause some delays in certifications. For that reason the Customs
Union has decided that planned inspection-controls for serial certificates may be
postponed up to 6 months. But this only applies to existing certificates.
Also company-visits abroad still cannot take place. This depends of Russia and the EC,
if and when the certification experts are allowed to travel again. We will keep you
posted on this.
In the meantime, however, the normal work on certifications continue. Documents
can be checked, test-reports issued etc.
Even with the Corona-situation you can still contact us for questions and offers,
of course. We are in contact with our Russian colleagues and can give you the
The only thing that is not possible at the moment are company-audits by the
Russian experts in EU-countries because the travel-ban is at least valid until
01st of May 2020.
03.2020 Technical Regulation TR CU 037/2016 comes into effect
Since 01.03.2020 the Technical Regulation of the Customs Union TR CU 037/2016
came into force ("On the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical
equipment/devices"). Please see also position 11.2019 below.
This Regulation can be compared with EC-Regulation 2011/65/EU (RoHS).
02.2020 EAC-Certification according to TR CU 010/2011
The Certification (EAC-Certificate) according to TR CU 010/2011
"On Safety of machines and equipment" is necessary for following
- Household wood working equipment
- All-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and their trailers
- Garage equipment for motor
vehicles and trailers
- Agricultural machines
- Small-size mechanized machines for garden and forestry,
including forstry electric machines
- Machines for livestock, poultry farming and feed-processing
- Mechanized construction and assembly instruments
- Engineering equipment for timer logging and timber rafting:
petrol swas, electric chains saws
- Technological equipment for commerce,
catering and public kitchens
- Equipment for stripping and cleaning works and lining of mine workings:
mining combines, mechanized complexes, mechanizes supports for shafts,
- Sinking equipment for mines:
sinking combines for coal and rock, metal lining for excavation
- Equipment for shaft running and mine transport:
drag mining conveyors, belt mining conveyors,
winding amchines for mines and hoiste for ore mines
- Equipment fro drilling boreholes and wells, equipment for charging
and tamping blast holes:
pneumatic hammers (drilling hammers), drilling machines in mining industry,
- Equipment for ventilation and dust retaining:
Mining fans, dust retaining and dust extraction devices, oxygen compressors
- Load lifting machines, loas lifting cranes
There are other product-groups for which an EAC-Declaration is necessary.
We can check for you of your products need a certification according
to TR CU 011/2011.
Also in the new year we would like to inform you about news and questions
regarding certifications in Russia and the Customs Union.
The conditions for the issue of certificates became more and more strict during
last years. Besides, the certification-authorities are controlled very thoroughly
by the State. We can inform you that our Russian certification-agencies and
experts are accredited by the responsible authorities and that you are on the
safe side with our certificates.
If you are interested in an offer for certification of your products for export or
use in Russia or the Customs Union, we are pleased to help.
12. 2019 EAC EX Certificate
An EAC EX-Certification will be done according to TR CU 012/2011. As mentioned
earlier, for EX-Certifications with validity of several years, annual inspections with
tests are obligatory now. The exact conditions
for this have to be checked seprerately
for any case because the requirements by the Russian/Customs Union authorities
can still change.
11.2019 EAC-certification according to TR CU 037/2016
The technical regulation 037/2016 "On
the restriction of the use of hazardous
substances in electrical equipment/devices" is valid for following product-groups:
- Electrical devices and household
- Electronic computers and devices connected to them
- Telecommunication appliances
- Copy machines and other electrical office equipment
- Electrified instruments (manual and portable electric machines)
- Light sources and lighting equipment, incl. equipment built into furniture
- Electric musical instruments
- Game and trading machines
- Cash registers, ticket machines, ID card readers, ATMs, information kiosks
- Cables, wires and cords intended for use at a rated voltage of not more
than 500 V AC and/or DC, with the exeption of fiber optic cables
- Automatic switches and residual circuit brakers
- Fire, security and fire-security alarm detectors
From 01.03.2020 all these products will need a vaild EAC-Certificate for import
in the Customs Union.
Products NOT subject to the Regulation:
- Products intended for use at a rated volatge of more than 1000 V AC and
1500 V DC
- Electric toys
- Photovoltaic panels (solar panels), which are part of the products
- Electrical equipment intented exclusively for use in air, water, land and
- Electric batteries and accumulators
- Second-hand (operation) products
- Measuring instruments
- Medical devices
10.2019 Difference EAC-Certificate / EAC-Declaration
a product depends on the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (CU TR).
Like an EAC-Certificate an EAC-Declaration is an official confirmation-document
which will be registered at the resposible authority of the Customs Union.
With this the Customs can check the validity of the document.
An EAC-Declaration has the same legal force but the conditions for certification
are less strict. This document will be printed on a blank paper and it will be
signed by the applicant/certificate-holder. Just like for an EAC-Certificate, the
applicant/certificate-holder must be a Russian or Customs Union company.
09.2019 EAC Certification-Schemes
According to which certification-scheme an EAC resp. TU CR-Certification has to
be done and if an EAC-Certificate or an EAC-Declaration has to be issued, depends
on the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union. These are decisive for the
conditions of the Certification.
There are many different certification-schemes for EAC-Certificates and for
EAC-Declarations. For example, some of the best knowns are these:
1 C = EAC-Certificate for serial production with obligatory sample-test
3 C = EAC-Certificate for 1-lot without sample-test or company-visit
1 D = EAC-Declaration for serial production without company-visit
08.2019 Certification of clothing
We regularly have requests for certification of clothing. This is usually quite
07.2019 News regarding CU TR EX 012-Certification
Since January 2019 the government control had become much more strict
in getting EAC-Certificates/Approvals. This also applies to the EX-Certification
according Technical Regulation of the Customs Union CU TR 012/2011
"Safety of equipment operating in explosive athmospheres".
This Certificate often is issued with a validty of 5 years and for that a company-
visit and sample-tests are obligatory.
It is new, that in future also inspection-controls every 1-2 years have to be done.
The exact conditions for these have to be specified by the responsible authorities.
Besides, for EX-Certifications all electric components need separate EX-Certificates.
If you have any questions regarding EAX EX-Certifications please do not hesitate
to contact us.
06.2019 EAC-Approvals (more strict in future)
There is a new law in regard to evtl. termination of already issued EAC-approvals
if they do not meet the necessary requirements, e.g. if a certification-body has
lost its accreditation etc.
Until now this law has not been used but the government has the intention to make
EAC-Approvals more organized and in accordance with the corresponding technical
regulations and procedures.
Of course, all our EAC-Documents meet the necessary requirements.
05.2019 Digital product-marking Russia
There are important changes regarding digital marking of products in Russia.
This will become mandatory for following product-groups during this year:
- Medical products
- Shoes / footwear
- Cameras and flashlights
Then every product will need its unique number (ID), so that products can be
followed prom production until sale.
For this, the buyer in Russia registers in the system of the labelling provider and
asks for an ID with DataMatrix code, separately for every product. To get an ID
it is necessary to give complete information about the product like e.g. model,
size, colour, composition etc.
The ID is NOT the EAC-sign. The EAC-sign is of course also necessary for products
that are exported to Russia or Customs Union and which have EAC-Certification.
04.2019 Which products are exported by Russia?
In 2018 Russia's exports were higher than its imports. The reason for this of course
are the high exports of energy and raw materials which have risen because of the
good oil-price. However, Russia is trying to export more industrial products like
machinery or equipment in order to be less dependant on the prices for raw
materials. So far, however, this was only partially successful and that only mainly
in former "CIS"-states.
03.2019 Technical Passports
A Technical Passport is attached to industrial equipment which is delivered
to Russia or the Customs Union (EAC). It has to be in Russian language and
it contains information on the equipment like technical data, plans, information
on use etc. It is a document which has to be arranged in a certain way
according to regulations.
For an offer for a Technical Passport please contact us.
02.2019 State Registration Certificate
The State Registration Certificate (former Hygienic Certificate) is valid in the
Customs Union. It is a document which confirms that the product is safe for
human-health. It is necessary for e.g. many food-products but also for
cosmetics and children-clothes.
A State Registration Certificate is issued by Ministry "Rospotrebnadzor".
Product-tests are obligatory.
The Certificate has no specified validity.
01.2019 EAC-Certification acc. TR CU 010/2011
One of the few product-groups which is barely affected by sanctions, which means it
can be delieverd to Russia and Customs Union, are machines.
For almost all kind of machines following Technical Regulation of the Customs Union
is valid: TR CU 010/2011 "On safety of Machinery and Equipment".
For a Certification according to this Regulation an EAC-Certificate has to be issued.
This is possible for 1-lot deliveries but also with a validity up to 5 years (for this a
company-visit is obligatory).
Our experts are specialiezed in Certification of machines and we can make you a
12.2018 Christmas in Russia
In Russia Christmas is not celebrated on the 25th of December but on the 07th of
January. Only since 1991 Christmas is an official feast-day again and before
Christmas there are New-Years-holidays. This means that in Russia almost
everything is closed during this time. Since in Western Europe most companies
are closed from 24th of December, business with Russia is very diffiult for a period
of about 2-3 weeks and export normally only starts again in the second week of J
We would like to wish you a very nice Christmas-time and a good and successful
start into the new year 2019.
11.2018 EAC-EX-Certification acc. TR CU 012/2011
Products which are marked with EX or ATEX will need for the Customs Union an
EAC-EX-Certificate (or TR CU-EX-Certificate). For issue of such a Certificate
the requirements are quite similar to ATEX but they are not the
For this certification following Technical Regulation of the Customs Union is used:
TR CU 012/2011 "On safety of the equipment for work in explosive
Certificate-holder (like for all EAC-Certificates) can only be a company with
registration in Russia or Customs Union (but we offer a solution/possibility for this).
Validity normally is 5 years. Products that have an EAC-EX-Certificate can be
10.2018 Eurasian Customs Union (EAC)
At the moment, the following five countries belong to the Eurasian Customs Union:
Russia, Kazachstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
Since beginning of this year there is also a new customs-codex which shall unify the
customs in the member countries. Suppliers from e.g. Western Europe have to provide
for the export of their products to the Customs Union so-called EAC-Certificates or
EAC-Declarations. These are valid in all countries of the Customs Union and not only
e.g. in Russia.
09.2018 EAC-Logo / Sign
Producers / suppliers have the right to use the EAC-sign if the product that has to be
exported has passed all the relevant Technical Regulations of the Customs Union
(Russia, Kazachstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan)
This is confirmed by an EAC-Document (resp. TR-CU-document) like e.g. a Certificate
or a Declaration.
The sign should be placed on each unit of production, packaging or accompanying
documentation. Further information you can find here.
08.2018 Will the Russian economy benefit from the World Cup?
The football World Cup is already over again since a couple of weeks. The foreign
guests could enjoy some exciting matches combined with mostly nice summer-
weather. That will help tourism in Russia for the next years. Also the increased
price for oil was helpful.
However, experts say that the World Cup will have no or only very little influence
on the Russian economy. One reason for that are the still very strict sanctions.
07.2018 Russian FSS-Notification (Federal Security Service)
At the moment many Russian clients require from their suppliers/manufacturers
a document called "FSS-Notification". This is a document which until now mainly
was necessary for mobile-phones or telecommunications-systems.
But according to Russian regulations in future probably almost all devices which
transfer/receive encrypted data have to be registered in Federal Security Service
in form of a Notification!
Many types of machinery and equipment are built with various transmitters
and radio/Bluetooth/WiFi devices that transfer encrypted data.
The FSS-Notification has no validity period and has to be done only once but
for almost all types of products that contain transmitting/receiving cryptographic
Please contact us for further information.
06.2018 Football-WC in Russia
From June 14 to July 15, 2018, the Football World Cup will take place in Russia.
Through this major event, which is being followed around the world, Russia has
the opportunity to show that it is an open and hospitable country.
However, according to experts, the World Cup only will have a short positive
effect on the Russian economy. The reason for this are the still strict sanctions
which make it partly impossible to import certain goods to Russia.
If you plan to deliver to Russia or the Customs Union please contact us.
We will check for you if and which certificates you will need.
05.2018 1-lot Certifications
EAC-Certificates can be issued also for one-time deliveries resp. specific projects/
contracts. In this case the certificate-holder always has to be the contract-partner
in Russia or Customs-Union. Nevertheless, these certificates also can be ordered by
the producer or exporter.
For a 1-lot EAC-Certification it is important that the amount of the delivered goods
and description match exactly with the details mentioned in the invoice and in the
contract. Such a Certificate or Declaration is only valid for the amount of products
mentioned in the delivery-contract. 1-lot Certificates and Declarations generally
can be issued based only on documents. Normally a company-visit or product-tests
are not required.
If you plan any delivery please contact us for any more information or assistance.
04.2018 MPA Metrological Pattern Approval
A MPA (Metrological Pattern Approval) is necessary for use etc. of e.g. measuring
equipment. A MPA is only valid in Russia (not in the other countries of the Customs
Union) and the requirements for a MPA are quite strict because this document is
issued by the Russian Ministry.
In order to issue an MPA tests by Russian experts are obligatory. These tests can be
done in advance to the delivery or after delivery in Russia. Additionally some documents
like an EAC-Certificate, calibration-reports and manuals in Russian are requested. A
MPA has a validity of 5 years and it takes
about 3-4 months to issue after product-tests.
Please contact us for further information.
03.2018 Certification of clothes
For the import of clothes to the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kasachstan, Armenia
and Kyrgyzstan) an obligatory
certification is required.
For this a so-called EAC-Declaration has to be issued. This document ensures that the
products meet the minimum requirements of the regulations of the Customs
For further information please visit our section EAC-Declaration.
The conditions for certification depend on whether it is a matter of clothes and shoes
for adults or for children/teenagers.
For clothes e.g. the following Technical Regulations of the Customs Union are used:
- TR CU 017/2011 on product safety of industrial textiles (mainly adult textiles and shoes)
- TR CU 007/2011 on safety of products intended for children and teenagers
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.
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