FSS Notification (FSB notification) and FSS Exemption letter

FSS Notification (Federal Security Service) /  FSB notification. Products containing cryptographic means (APIs, algorithms like AES, RSA, WPA and even HDCP installed in HDMI ports) should be covered by this document.

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.

Only Russian entity may be an applicant. WWG can help with this for free.

FSS Notification and Exemption letter is valid in all 5 countries of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan). The validity of FSS Notification is unlimited but we recommend obtaining it for 5 years.

Lead time is up to 15 working days after all required information and documents from manufacture are provided. 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 Local representative (WWG or other company) certifying that the Local representative 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.

Upon request we provide file with detailed description on requirements to POA (they are strict and need to be adhered to).

Often products which require FSS notification (FSB notification) or FSS Exemption letter also may require RF and Telecom approvals.

To process the quotation we need the following information:

  • Full name of the product;
  • HS Code;
  • Technical description (manual, catalogue, etc).

Please send your inquiries to info@wwg.eu.com.


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