Federal Security Service (FSS) notification for products in Russia
FSS notification is a document required for exporting equipment containing encryption (cryptographic) means such as mobile phones, computers, wireless means etc. to the Customs Union.
From the end of June 2018, Federal Security Service (FSS) started issuing FSS Exemption letter.
FSS Exemption letter has the same force as FSS Notification and should be obtained for the products which contain encryption (cryptographic) means but are not indicated in the list of products subject to FSS Notification (list with HS codes).
The procedure of obtaining both documents is the same. Both documents are required for customs clearance. The main difference between FSS Notification and FSS Exemption letter is that FSS Notification is registered in the Registry and FSS Exemption letter not.
FSS Notification requires an Applicant that is a legal entity registered in Russia. Our company offers the Applicant Service to provide foreign producers with the necessary support.
FSS Notification is valid throughout the whole territory of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan).
Execution period for FSS Notification is up to 15 working days after we receive all required information and documents from manufacture. However, in practice it takes about a month to issue FSS notification since one of the documents required is apostilled and notarized power of attorney (POA) from the manufacturer to the applicant certifying that the applicant may submit documents to FSS and register notification for certain equipment. From our experience it takes at least 2 weeks manufacturer to issue and provide us with such POA.
The notary should state the following in POA:
- Signature is authentic and truly belongs to the signatory;
- Company stamp is authentic (if the company has one);
- Signatory is authorized to act on behalf of the company and has the right to sign the POA.
Upon request we provide file with detailed description on requirements to POA (they are strict and need to be adhered to).
The validity period of notification is not limited. But we recommend obtaining it with maximum 5 years validity.
If you have any current request for FSS Notification, please send us the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Product name
- HS code
- Product description (manual, data sheets or catalogues)