Resolution No. 2515 of 29 December 2022
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a resolution extending the simplified procedure for importing electronic devices into Russia for the rest of the year, through 2023. This resolution will prevent a shortage of these goods in the domestic market against the backdrop of the external sanctions pressure.
The simplified procedure concerns the requirement to receive notifications for specified equipment. This special document is required for all electronic devices that support cryptographic modes or encryption in general. This applies, in part, to smartphones, tablets, notebooks, computers, microchips and walkie-talkies.
Usually, to receive notification for bringing such devices or equipment into Russia, the maker must apply to the authorised agency – the Centre for Licensing, Certification and Protection of State Secrets at the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia. The simplified procedure allows the maker to process the notification at branch associations, including the Association for the Developers and Producers of Electronics and the Association of Computer and IT Companies. Also, according to the simplified procedure, there is no requirement to present notification documents to customs officials if the imported devices are components for the industrial production of this equipment on Russian territory.
The main condition is that the producers of this type of equipment must be on the list of strategic companies, as endorsed by the Government Commission to Increase the Sustainability of the Economy.