Ulyukayev opposed the reduction in the threshold duty-free e-Commerce


Moscow. December 17. The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev believes that to reduce the level of duty-free Internet trade below 500 euros while it’s impractical.

“We believe that we need to work with a strike level of 500 euros, which we agreed, and continue to watch. To reduce more, I think, dangerous. I would prefer to stay in the paradigm that we introduce 500 euros, and that’s enough, and to further explore how companies feel,” he told journalists on Thursday in Nairobi, commenting on the question of the position of the Ministry on this subject.

The Council of the Eurasian economic Commission (EEC) on 2 December postponed the discussion of new customs duties and taxes on parcels from foreign online stores, said a source familiar with the proceedings of the Council. Period to be reviewed source is not known. In late November, the ECE postponed consideration of the question of limitation of duty-free Internet trading on 2 December.

The working group of the Council of the EEC has prepared several options for modifying the regulation of cross-border e-Commerce (they were reported by the newspaper “Vedomosti” and “Kommersant”). 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.

Now Russians can buy in foreign online stores the goods for the sum to 1 thousand euros and weighing up to 31 kg per month without payment of duties and taxes. In fact, it is a limit per parcel is at customs not possible to keep records of how many parcels per month given to every Russian.