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PARCELS TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

  • Meest Corporation Inc. offers parcel shipping to Russia only with delivery to the recipient’s nearest post office via Sea or Air:
  • Parcels are delivered by the Russian Post throughout the Russian Federation Territory
  • Delivery times are 8-10 weeks by Sea and 3-4 weeks by Air. Delivery terms are calculated from the date parcel is dispatched from one of Meest\\\\\'s regional warehouses in Toronto, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago or Seattle.
  • Minimum chargeable weight of a parcel is 5 kg (11 lbs) with a maximum weight of 20 kg (44 lbs)
  • Parcel weight may not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs) and must be accurately specified (to within 50 grams)! The exact weight must be indicated on the parcel. Should the parcel’s actual weight exceed 20 kg (44 lbs) such parcel will be returned to sender at his/her expense.
  • Parcel size: no measurement may exceed 105 cm (48”).
  • There are extra charges for forwarding and the return of parcels to the recipient.
  • Parcels will be held for pick up at the post office for 30 days. The first 5 days are free of charge and thereafter the recipient pursuant to “Russian Postal Service” rates must pay a storage fee. If for any reason the recipient does not collect the parcel after 30 days, the parcel will be returned to the sender at his/her expense.
  • Accurate information must be included in the declaration of contents in the CN 23 customs declaration form. Do not use generalizations such as:  clothing/used, kitchenware, souvenirs, candy, etc. All items must be clearly described along with their quantity, weight and value. See example below:

 

Detailed description of contents

Quantity

Weight

Value

Robe 

1

0.5

$15

Linens 

1

0.7

$7

Children`s shoes

2 pairs

1.2

$20

Pants/used

2

1.0

$8

Total weight: 3.4 kg

Total value $50  

  • If it is impossible to specify the weight of each item individually, you may include the total weight of the parcel.
  • If a large number of items are being sent, given the limited space on the CN 23 customs declaration form, you may classify the items by type – e.g.:  children’s clothes/used – 13, soft toys – 5.
  • To confirm the value of items in the parcel, we recommend including copies of cheques, bills, invoices and bills of lading.
  • The sender bears all financial and legal liability for any discrepancies, such as in weight, description of contents or incorrectly specified address.
  • The key to quality delivery is to ensure the correct addresses of the sender and recipient are on the parcel packaging and the shipping documents are also accurate In addition the parcel number must be clearly indicated on the parcel packaging. The recipient must possess and will be required to present proper identification (passport) in order to receive and collect their parcel.
  • Under Russian customs legislation, to be considered duty free, the total weight of parcels sent during one month to one recipient may not exceed 30 kg and the total value may not exceed 1,000 Euro. Should these limits be exceeded, customs duties will likely be assessed.
  • If the value of contents is over 1,000 Euro, which is determined at customs control, or the contents of the parcel are deemed to be a commercial shipment (i.e., if parcel contains more than 3 new items of the same type/size) customs duties may be assessed. As a result, the recipient will be required to pay approximately 40% (VAT and customs duties) of the value.
  • A list of items which is prohibited to be shipped or mailed to the Russian Federation under the International Postal Union and Russian customs legislation can be found at:  http://www.russianpost.ru/rp/servise/ru/home/postuslug/goodslist

Shipping of prohibited items may result in:

а) Seizure (confiscation) of prohibited items and delivery of the parcel to the recipient;

b) Refusal of entry into the Russian Federation and return of the entire parcel to the sender;

c) Removal (confiscation) of prohibited items and return of the parcel to the sender.

Please be aware that Russian Post does not inform Meest Corporation of its decision(s) and further actions may be taken against the shipper and/or recipient in the event of a shipment containing prohibited items.

  • Each parcel is automatically insured for $60 US. If you, as the sender, waive any additional insurance, you will need to put your signature in the column “For sender: sign here to waive additional insurance and accept $60 limited liability. The maximum amount of additional insurance for parcels mailed to Moldova is $800 US. If opting for additional insurance, you will need to indicate the additional insurance amount in the “Insurance” column. Insurance is available for larger amounts depending on the parcel contents; customers will need to coordinate larger amounts of insurance with Meest Corporation – Head Office. 
  • Please note: parcels insured for over $500 US may be opened by Meest’s employees or agents, in the presence of the sender, to determine whether the contents of the parcel correspond to the insured amount.

ITEMS PROHIBITED FROM SHIPPING TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION:

  1. Firearms and ammunition, sharp weapons and other items specifically designed for attack and defense (brass knuckles, stilettos, cans with liquid nerve agent, etc.);
  2. Explosive, flammable and other dangerous substances, military equipment, unless otherwise provided by legislation; narcotics, psychotropic substances, their analogues and precursors, scheduled by the Ministry of Health’s Committee as controlled substances under current law, or radioactive substances;
  3. Alcoholic beverages, drugs, and tobacco products;
  4. Items of obscene or immoral content;
  5. Firearms permits, employment records, military IDs, passports, and other identification documents;
  6. Goods which export violates intellectual property laws;
  7. Items classified as national, historic, or cultural heritage according to the local laws;
  8. Seeds and planting materials; food products of animal origin including canned products, live animals, except bees, leeches, silkworm caterpillars;
  9. Perishable food products (fresh fruits and vegetables);
  10. Jewelry, bank notes, and precious metals;
  11. Motorcycle frames, engines, chassis, etc., which are described as vehicle parts (disassembled vehicles);
  12. Sport nutrition and nutritional supplements.