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11.1 General Regulations
All goods and means of transport moved through the customs border of the Russian Federation must be declared to the customs authorities of the Russian Federation.
A customs declaration is issued within 15 days of the date the goods are presented to the customs authorities of the Russian Federation.
Current legislation establishes appropriate penalties for violating customs regulations. In particular, for failing to declare goods and means of trans-port in the established procedure, a fine may be exacted equalling from two to five times the amount of the minimum monthly wage amount as stipulated by legislation.
11.2 Customs Duties
When moving goods across the customs border of the Russian Federation, the following customs duties are paid:
Penalties are imposed in the amount of 1/300 of the refinancing rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the amount in arrears for each day of delay, beginning the day after the period for making these payments, as established by legisla-tion, expires.
11.3 Customs Regulations for Individuals
Goods that are not intended for use in production or commercial activities may be brought into Russia without duty if their total cost does not exceed 1000 USD and they weigh no more than 50 kg. Russian citizens who have spent more than six months abroad may bring up to 5000 USD worth of goods duty-free into Russia.
Russian currency must be declared in writing if an amount exceeding 500 minimum statutory monthly wages (41,745 roubles as at 1 July 2000) is being imported or exported.
Residents may export foreign currency in an amount equal to 1,500 USD without submitting documents supporting that the currency has been either transferred or imported into the Russian Federation or withdrawn from a currency account or purchased from an authorised bank in the Russian Federation.
When exporting foreign currency in an amount from between 1,500 to 10,000 USD, residents must submit documents to the customs authorities supporting that the difference between the exported amount and 1,500 USD has been either transferred or imported into the Russian Federation or withdrawn from a currency account or purchased from an authorised bank in the Russian Federation.
When exporting foreign currency in an amount equalling more than 10,000 USD (taking into account the I,500 USD), residents must have and present the permission of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation in accordance with the established format.
Residents have the right to export foreign currency received to pay for business trip expenses outside the Russian Federation irrespective of the amount and without the permission of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.
Non-residents have the right to export cash currency in an amount not exceeding the amount they earli-er imported or transferred to the Russian Federation provided that they have supporting documents.
Foreign currency must be declared in writing if it is in excess of 1,500 USD.
11.4 Northwest Customs Department
The management of customs matters in the Northwest region is controlled by the Northwest Customs Depar-tment which comprises part of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation and manages cus-toms matters on the territory of its jurisdiction. This territory includes:
In St. Petersburg, customs clearance is carried out by the St. Petersburg, Baltic and Pulkovo customs authorities.
St. Petersburg Customs
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