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Exemption Letter

Exemption and Refusal Letter

The standard form of A4 format with excerpts from the legislation on the fact of not belongings of goods to the nomenclature of the mandatory certification is called exemption letter.  This document should contain the exact name of the product, code of National Classification of Products (in Russian – OKP) and customs code.

Validity period of the document is no more than a year or till changes in legislation. The letter is used in the trade and may be considered at customs registration of import.

Importers independently prove to customs authorities that these or those goods aren’t subject of obligatory certification.

By rules existing earlier in customs authorities the exemption letter only from VNIIS was subject to consideration. The VNIIS letter is more expensive and takes more time to get it than ordinary ones. At the present time the customs authorities accept for consideration the exemption letters from any certification bodies. You just need previously agree a layout of letter with your customs broker or directly with customs authority.

Please note that voluntary certificates of conformity are not accounted for customs clearance of the goods. For some kinds of goods it might need to get the fire safety exemption letters issued by the EMERCOM Russia or the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor).

To determine is there your product in the list of mandatory certification or not and also whether you need to get the exemption letter you can call to specialists of “proGost” certification center.


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