MOSCOW, November 23. The Council of the Eurasian economic Commission (EEC) will consider a new, more stringent option regulation of cross-border e-Commerce. The Commission will assess the feasibility of the introduction of a new fee of €15 on all parcels from abroad worth more than €22 and heavier than 1 kg, the newspaper “Kommersant”.
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Question about customs fees in electronic Commerce is on the agenda of the meeting of the EEC Council, said the source familiar with preparation for the session, and confirmed in the EEC. “To say that it will be adopted any specific Ordinance or resolution, cannot: the EEC Council will discuss the situation and what decision will come to speak prematurely” – said the interlocutor of the newspaper.
According to “Vedomosti”, the draft document will be discussed Deputy Prime Ministers of governments of member countries of the Commission to the EEC Council. Russia on it will be Arkady Dvorkovich, said the officer of the government. The representative of the Vice-Prime Minister to comment on it did not.
According to “Kommersant”, the working group on electronic Commerce prepared two draft decisions of the Council. The first is to continue to exempt from customs duties goods cheaper €22 and a weight below 1 kg. Parcels that fall in the range €22-150 and 1-10 kg, would require the payment of a fee of €15. Finally, for goods valued over €150, and (or) the total weight exceeds 10 kg, will require a fee of €15 plus 30% of the customs value but not less than €4 per 1 kg of body weight.
The second draft decision slightly different from the first. Under this option, commodities with customs value of up to €150 and weighing less than 10 kg will be charged at €10. If the customs value of parcels exceeds €150 and weighs more than 10 kg, then the fee will be €10 plus 30% of the customs value but not less than €4 per 1 kg of body weight.
Now Russians can buy in foreign online stores goods to the amount of €1 thousand and weighing up to 31 kg per month without paying any fees.
Members of the working group from Kazakhstan and Belarus in General the proposals of the EEC supported the position of Armenia has not yet presented, it follows from the minutes of the meeting of the working group, which includes the newspaper “Vedomosti”.
Opinions of the Russian ministries were divided. The Ministry of trade and industry against lowering the weight to 10 kg and additional tax, said through the press service of the Deputy Minister of industry and trade Viktor Evtukhov. The Ministry of communications is ready to consider the offer, but €150 no duties and taxes offers not to charge, says Deputy Minister of communications and mass communications Mikhail Evraev. To reduce in stages, to evaluate the result, he said. The representative of “mail of Russia” declined to comment, representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the Federal customs service has not responded to the inquiries.