Nikiforov asked to discuss the limitation of duty-free Internet parcels from the EEU

Moscow. December 10. The decision to lower the threshold of duty-free Internet parcels to Russia must be synchronized with other countries of the Eurasian economic Union (EEU), said the Minister of communications Nikolay Nikiforov.

“We can only do together. If the partners (EEU) will not agree, to change the duty cannot. Should be a single value”, – he said.

According to Nikiforov, take the decision to change the regime of import only part of Russia “meaningless and counterproductive”.

“As far as I know, this discussion (in Russia) until stopped. The decision in Russia must be fully synchronized with the decisions in the partner countries. If we can get one value, and there will be another, it will simply mean a constant flow of goods across borders within the EEU”, – said the Minister.

The Minister also considers it prudent discussed the reduction in the threshold value of the parcels for duty-free import of 150 euros 1 thousand euros. According to him, about 80% of the parcels currently fits into the range of 150 euros, therefore, the lowering of the threshold “will not dramatically affect the value of parcels”.

“Attempts to make the threshold lower, for example, 22 Euro, believe that it is counterproductive. This creates significant barriers for our citizens”, – said Nikiforov. The decrease in the threshold to 150 euros, he said, will close a “hole in the border for those who are in the range up to 1 thousand Euro imports almost industrial quantities of goods”.

As reported, the working group of the Council of the Eurasian economic Commission (EEC) has prepared several options for modifying the regulation of cross-border e-Commerce. One of them is the threshold value of the parcels for duty-free entry into the EAEU from foreign online shops is proposed to be downgraded to 150 euros from the current 1 thousand euros, and also enter for any parcels the value of the fixed fee of 25 euros.

Another option involves the imposition of a fee of 15 euros for packages valued at 22-150 euros and a weight of 1-10 kg. Goods, which cost more than 150 euros and (or) the total weight exceeds 10 kg, will require payment of the fee in the amount of 15 euros plus 30% of the customs value but not less than 4 euros per 1 kg of body weight. According to another scenario, the sending cost up to 150 Euro and weighing less than 10 kg will be charged 10 euros. For the remaining parcels the fee will be 10 euros plus 30% of the customs value but not less than 4 euros per 1 kg of body weight.

The discussion of the initiative in early December, was postponed by the Council of the EEC indefinitely.