Roskachestvo plans to check the goods that will be imported through parallel imports. This was told to Izvestia by the head of the organization Maxim Protasov on Friday, May 6.
Presumably, the first purchase will include outerwear and shoes, including children’s, as well as cosmetics, detergents, smartphones and TVs. The exact list of product categories will be formed taking into account the request of consumers.
This will happen in the summer of 2022: Roskachestvo will select goods on the shelves of Russian stores that are possible for parallel imports and evaluate their quality and safety.
Earlier on Friday, the Ministry of Trade and Trade approved a list of 96 points for parallel imports, that is, those product categories of brands, the import of which will be legalized in Russia without the permission of the copyright holder. The introduction of this type of import does not mean permission for the import and circulation of counterfeit and low-quality products in the Russian Federation, but it is impossible to completely exclude the presence of such products, or increase their quantity on the Russian market, Protasov said.
Therefore, in the current conditions, Roskachestvo will focus monitoring activities on protecting the buyer from counterfeit products masquerading as goods of well-known world brands.
Parallel import is the importation of products without the permission of the brand owner. Now they sell products either themselves or through an exclusive supplier. This type of import does not mean the legalization of counterfeit goods, but involves the import of original goods through alternative channels.
The customs authorities, when carrying out the necessary procedures, will have to verify the TN VED codes and brand names with the order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. According to the document, now civil liability does not apply in the Russian Federation if goods are imported bypassing official distribution channels.
On March 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the application of special measures in the field of foreign economic activity to ensure the country’s security. According to the decree, until the end of 2022, it is required to ban the export of products and raw materials, the list of which will be established by the government. The ban will not affect cases where the export and import is carried out by citizens for personal needs.
On March 30, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree that allows the import of sought-after original foreign-made goods into the Russian Federation without the consent of the copyright holders.
In March, about 200 companies announced the suspension of their work in the Russian Federation amid new Western sanctions against Moscow, which followed in response to the Russian-led operation to protect the Donbass. The situation in the region escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR and promised to support the republics.
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