28th International Food Exhibition
24–27 September 2019 • Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia

Russia food & drink export guide

Getting your goods to Russia’s 144 million potential consumers can be made easier if you know who to speak to, what restrictions are in place, and a deeper understanding of import procedures. Ready yourself for WorldFood Moscow 2018 by checking out our handy guide on how to export food and drink items to Russia.
Russia food & drink export guide
Russia remains an enigma for some international exporters – but for those in the know, it’s one of the top global food and drink markets.
After years of food and drink imports dropping off, the predictions for 2017’s total are in and suggest volumes are rising again. According to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, Russia is expected to have imported 11.4% more food and drink products last year than in 2016.

That means over $27.9 billion worth of foreign food will have entered the Russian market in 2017.

we’ve gathered together the right information you need to know about exporting your food and drink items to Russia. Prepare for this year's WorldFood Moscow exhibition by reading on.

Exporting food & drink to Russia: your useful guide

Russian food embargo
Several food and drink items remain under embargo in Russia. Producers from the EU, US, Canada, Norway, and Australia, are also limited in what they can and can’t there.
Imports of fruits and nuts, vegetables, beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood, and milk and dairy from the above countries are banned.
However, for nations outside those listed above, there are no major restrictions. And countries under embargo still have plenty of export options.
Customs unions, preferential treatment & free trade agreements
Russia is a member of two key international organisations:
Such groups are based around increased trade between member states. Goods which originate in CIS and EAEU may have preferential treatment in Russia.
Russia is also a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and as such falls under WTO standards and organisation.
A free trade agreement with Vietnam is also in place.
Export.gov, the US’ export advisory board, has a run down on Russia’s various agreements and customs unions. Check it out to get an idea of who has preferential treatment in Russian trade.
Import procedures
Russia’s trading partners span the globe. It has a number of agreements in place that will influence the import procedures, documentation, and regulations.
The European Commission Market Access Database breaks down the necessary requirements regarding Russian import procedures. This should be any food and drink exporters first port of call before establishing themselves in Russia.
Import tariffs
Non-CIS and EAEU members, and those countries without free trade agreements with Russia, will be subject to import tariffs on some key products.
However, as a WTO member, Russia has reduced some of its tariffs to fall in line with WTO protocols. Likewise, under the World Trade Organisation’s rules, Russia also has in place tariff rate quotas (TRQs) on agricultural products such as beef, poultry, and pork.
More information is available here:
Import documentation & requirements
Anyone familiar with exporting will know of the library full of required documents, forms, certificates, and other files needed to get goods through customs and into consumers’ hands. Russia is no different. Visit Export.gov’s guide to documents to see what you need if Russia is your next market.
Customs regulations
Russia is known worldwide for the toughness and relative complexity of its customs regulations. If you’re not familiar with them, then getting your goods physically into Russia can be difficult. Don’t panic, though, because all you need to do is click on the link below for an easy-to-read guide on Russian custom regulations.
Standards for Trade
Standards for trade differ in Russia as, uniquely, it uses a mixture of various international standards domestic guidelines, and product testing to achieve trading standards. Additionally, its membership of the CIS, EAEU, WTO, and other international bodies, means navigating Russian trade standards is difficult. Export.gov has provided a quick-to-digest guide to standards for trade in Russia. Click the link below to find out more.
It’s only common sense for food and drink items to be labelled clearly, carefully, and concisely. The Russian market is full of varying requirements that must be adhered to, in order to get your food and drinks into the mouths of Russians nationwide. Get up to date by visiting the page below.
Other useful resources

Join us at WorldFood Moscow: Russia’s leading food & drink event

Now you know how to export your products to Russia, all you need to do now is find the right partners. To do that, join us at WorldFood Moscow.
WorldFood Moscow connects over 28,000 industry professionals from 79 Russian regions and 90 countries head there every year. It’s the ideal place get your products in front of a dedicated audience of industry buyers including retailers, distributors, importers, and much more.
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