Rather quietly passed the news that Putin signed a law on May 5 allowing the Russian government to regulate the threshold for duty-free imports of goods sent in international postal shipments.(At least I couldn’t find any news about it here, and I can’t see any details on Google).
09.05.2014. An update appeared with a link to the law on the Rossiyskaya Gazeta website and its text, thank you a5b
Federal Law of the Russian Federation of May 5, 2014 N 114-FZ "On Amending Article 317 of the Federal Law ‘On Customs Regulation in the Russian Federation’" gives the Russian government the right to regulate the norms of importing goods for personal use sent in international mail and delivered by a carrier to an individual without paying customs duties and taxes. This law was passed by the State Duma on April 25, 2014.
Of course, passage does not automatically mean that the previously discussed 150-euro limits will take effect immediately after the law enters into force, but the action itself is alarming. It means that the changes could happen unexpectedly and without discussion by the general public.
Source – RBC
P.S. Where did the e-commerce hub go?
Update 07.05.2014, thanks a5b
Text of the law, officially published by on the website of Rossiyskaya Gazeta on May 07, 2014:
Adopted by the State Duma on April 25, 2014
Approved by the Federation Council on April 29, 2014
To amend part 4 of Article 317 of the Federal Law of November 27, 2010 N 311-FZ "On Customs Regulation in the Russian Federation" (Collected Legislation of the Russian Federation, 2010, N 48, Art. 6252; 2013, N 51, Art. 6682), putting it in the following wording :
"4 The Government of the Russian Federation, in accordance with the international treaties referred to in part 3 of this article, shall have the right to establish :
(1) Additional restrictions on the import or export of goods by natural persons;
2) norms of importation of goods for personal use, delivered by a carrier to a natural person, without payment of customs duties and taxes;
3) norms of importation of goods for personal use sent in international mail to the customs territory of the Customs Union to one recipient who is a natural person, without payment of customs duties and taxes."
This Federal Law shall enter into force 30 days after the day of its official publication.
President of the Russian Federation
Old text of Art. 317, item 4 Federal Law. November 27, 2010 N 311-FZ "On customs regulation in the Russian Federation.
4. The Government of the Russian Federation in accordance with the international treaties referred to in paragraph 3 of this article shall have the right to establish additional restrictions on the import or export of goods by natural persons.