Vehicle utilization charge is likely to apply to all vehicle manufactures starting from autumn 2013. Vehicle utilization fee was imposed from 1 September 2012.
Who needs a licence?
From 1 July 2013 road transporters of non-packaged alcohol containing products with the ethanol content exceeding 25% in Russia must obtain a licence.
Road transporters of alcohol containing products the packaging of which complies with the requirements of the Customs Union Technical Regulation on the Safety of Packaging (TR TS 005/2011), are not required to obtain a licence for this transportation.
From 1 January 2013 excises for a number of products imported into Russia are to be charged in accordance with a revised schedule. These products include ethanol, distillers, perfumery and cosmetic products and other types of alcohol-containing products.
Exporters of certain types of technical equipment to Russia are exempt from the requirement to pay VAT for importing this equipment to Russia, provided that such equipment is included into the list of equipment that has no Russia-manufactured equivalents. This list was originally adopted by Decree No. 372 of 30 April 2009.
Since almost all perfumery and a significant part of cosmetics contain ethylene alcohol, these products are considered “alcohol-containing non-food products” in Russia. This means that export of perfumery and cosmetics to Russia is subject to a special set of requirements.
Russia withdrew its proposal to prohibit the use of PET-packaging for beer beverages. The Federal Service of Alcohol Market Regulation has agreed to remove the prohibition to use PET bottles for beer from draft Technical Regulation on the Safety of Alcohol Products.