From 1 January 2011 the energy efficiency class will have to be
marked on certain household electrical goods imported into Russia,
and should be included in their labels and in the technical
documentation accompanying such goods. The same requirement will
apply to computers, other computer related electronic devices, and
office equipment from 1 January 2012. On December 31, 2009 the
Russian Government approved a list goods that will now be subject
to energy efficiency regulations. According to Federal Law No.
261-FZ dated November 23, 2009 "On Saving Energy and
Increasing Energy Efficiency and on Amendments to Certain
Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation", the importer will
be responsible for making sure that imported goods are in
compliance with these requirements.
Importers failing to comply may be fined up to RUR 150,000
(approximately USD 5,000) with possible confiscation of the goods.
The Russian Federal Service for Protection of Consumer Rights and
Human Wellbeing ("Rospotrebnadzor") will be responsible
for ensuring compliance with these new requirements.
Rospotrebnadzor is not involved in the customs clearance of
goods, but in practice the Russian customs authorities may start
checking the labels, markings and other documents on imported goods
and reporting the results to Rospotrebnadzor to help unveil
To avoid potential delays during customs clearance and
administrative penalties (including possible seizure of goods),
importers are recommended to ensure that goods are marked and
labeled with information on their energy efficiency class, and
accompanied by technical documentation containing the proper energy
efficiency information, either before shipment or before
transferring the goods for customs clearance.
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