EAC Exemption Decision in 2019: New Demands of Customs Officers in Russia
In order to export goods into the territory of the Eurasian Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan), it is necessary to have documents confirming compliance of products with the technical regulations of the Customs Union (also known as EAC (TR CU) Certificate and Declaration).
Some products however do not fall under mandatory certification; thus, neither EAC Certificate nor Declaration of conformity is needed.
In this case manufacturers can be offered to issue Exemption (refusal) letter – a letter of information (explanatory letter) stating that products are not subject to mandatory confirmation of compliance in the form of a mandatory declaration or certification.
Although this letter is an official document issued by an accredited certification body, some customs officers are reluctant to accept this kind of document. Today they tend to demand an Exemption Decision – a Decision to refuse to conduct mandatory product certification.
Exemption decision is regarded to be a more valuable document than an Exemption letter.
Exemption decision is more than just a letter of information. This document is issued after applying for an EAC declaration / certificate. In case products do not fall under mandatory EAC (TR CU) certification, a certification body issues a conclusion in the name of the Applicant, which states that the following products do not fall under certain technical regulation.
In order to apply for it, a full package of documents is required (Applicant (Local representative) contract, layouts, schemes, drawings, operational documents, manuals, etc.). Lead time is up to 10 working days.
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