Russia Import Restrictions

In order to enter Russia, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Russia government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Russia, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Russia.

Russia Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Russian Federation authorities before posting:


Animal products Fruit Printed matter, books, brochures
Anti-parasite products Leeches Silkworms
Bees Medicines Stamps
Currency and other securities Mineral oil Tobacco
Dairy products Narcotics Vegetables
Fish products Plants and plant products Weapons, hunting Weapons
Pharmaceutical products

Special documentation requirements

Commercial goods must include an invoice.

Inherited goods require a certificate, endorsed by a consul, which confirms the right of inheritance.

If Express Courier International and Express Post International Parcel products are valued at more than 5000 roubles, they may be subject to additional brokerage/ delivery costs (if delivered outside of the following cities: Vladivostok, Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Samara). Please check with the Express Call Centre on 1800 007 678


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Russian Federation prohibits:

  • obscene or immoral articles;
  • counterfeit or pirated articles;
  • articles which, by their nature or their packing, may expose officials or the general public to danger, or soil or damage other items, postal equipment or thirdparty property;
  • documents having the character of current and personal correspondence exchanged between persons other than the sender and the addressee or persons living with them;
  • monetary instruments of the Russian Federation or foreign currencies;
  • any weapons or ammunition or parts thereof, or articles similar in construction to weapons for civilian service;
  • explosive or flammable goods, or explosive or ignition devices;
  • live animals, with the exception of bees, leeches and silk-worms that are accompanied by a veterinary certificate;
  • pathogenic or potentially pathogenic organisms;
  • perishable foodstuffs;
  • alcohol products, ethyl alcohol or beer;
  • tobacco products or smoking mixtures of any kind;
  • plants of any kind and in any form, or seeds;
  • precious stones of any kind or natural diamonds, except for jewellery;
  • narcotics, psychotropic substances or their precursors;
  • substances harmful to the ozone layer;
  • dangerous goods;
  • toxic substances which are not precursors of narcotics and psychotropic substances;
  • plant protection products subject to the provisions of Annexes A and B to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants of 22 May 2001;
  • the following implements for fishing aquatic biological resources:
    • knotted fishing nets made from synthetic monofilaments or other polyamides, with a filament diameter less than 0.5 mm and mesh size less than 100 mm (length of mesh at one side less than 50 mm);
    • electric fishing systems and equipment consisting of electric signal generators with connected conductors and accumulators (batteries), employed together to fish biological aquatic resources using electric current;
  • printed or audiovisual materials which:
    • propagate extremist or terrorist activities or publicly justify terrorism;
    • are of a pornographic nature;
    • are manufactured or distributed in violation of the legal requirements on elections and referenda in member countries of the Eurasian Economic Community Customs Union;
    • are intended to spread propaganda containing Nazi ideas or symbols, or ideas or symbols that might be confused with those of Nazi ideology;
    • contain other information that could be prejudicial to the political and economic interests of the Russian Federation, to public safety, or to the health and morality of its citizens.

In addition, it is prohibited to send the following articles for personal use (sent to the address of private individuals or sent by private individuals for needs that are not related to company activities):

  • special technical publications on the covert reception of intelligence;
  • human organs and/or substances, and blood and blood parts;
  • radioactive materials;
  • cultural artefacts;
  • scrap and waste from ferrous and non-ferrous metals;
  • non-manufactured precious metals, precious metal scrap and waste, ores and concentrated precious metal products, and primary products containing precious metals;
  • mineral substances (non-manufactured natural stones);
  • information about subsoils.

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