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FedEx Clearance Process

All shipments crossing international borders must be cleared through Customs in the destination country prior to being delivered to the recipient. Unless the sender specified a broker, FedEx submits shipments to Customs and other regulatory agencies. It is the sender's responsibility to provide the necessary and correct documentation. Shipments that require more than the FedEx International Air Waybill and Commercial Invoice may require more transit time. If shipments are held by Customs because of incorrect or missing documentation we may first attempt to notify the recipient.

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Russia Export Clearance Process

When shipping from Russia, clearance through Customs depends on whether you're shipping to:

  • An individual (non-business purposes)
  • A company (or representative of a company)


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Make sure your commodity is acceptable for shipment to the destination country via the FedEx service you've selected.
Visit the destination country web site to see what items are forbidden for import in those countries.

Export Prohibitions and Restrictions

There are some items that are forbidden for export by Customs from Russia. These items are in addition to items prohibited by IATA.

Forbidden for Export from Russia

  • Birth certificates
  • Cash and cash equivalents
  • Dangerous Goods as defined by FedEx IATA
  • Food, perishable
  • ID cards, including military IDs
  • IOUs and cancelled checks
  • Liquor
  • Lottery tickets
  • Minerals, ores, semi-precious stones such as amber,
    or the goods bearing them
  • Narcotics
  • Paleontological samples
  • Passports
  • Printed or audio materials potentially harmful to Russia or its citizens
  • Russian Federation workbooks
  • Salmon or sturgeon caviar, crabs or crab meat
  • Soil
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Weapons such as knives, ammunition, and military equipment

Controlled Items

The following items may be sent only with the permission of the Committee of the Russian Federation for Geology and Resources except as retail souvenir items.

  • Precious metals and stones, and pearls and items manufactured from pearls
  • Samples of Russian flora and fauna listed in the Red Book
  • Undeveloped photo-sensitive materials

The following items require the permission of the Committee of the Russian Federation for Geology and Resources (except as retail souvenir items), a certificate from the Federal Service for Preservation of Culture, and payment of corresponding taxes:

  • Sculptural, applied or decorative artworks, or musical productions
  • Printed materials, stamps, gramophone records, and other items with significant artistic value

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  Make sure your documents are always filled out consistently and accurately. Inconsistencies can cause delays.


Required Documentation

Required documentation varies according to the following factors:

FedEx International Tools 

FedEx Global Trade Manager is designed to take the confusion and hassle out of international shipping. Click the International Tools tab to access FedEx Global Trade Manager. Enter information about your shipment - the rest is easy.

  • International Document Assistance
    It's easy to complete any additional Customs documentation. This free, time-saving Tool will identify the documents and information that apply to your shipment.
  • Document Library
    Use this resource if you're an experienced shipper and want to select the documents yourself. View or print the required documents for your international shipment from an extensive library.
  • Country profiles
    Find valuable information for conducting trade with other countries, and an international shipping overview.


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Russia Export Regulations

Take note of the following regulations when exporting from Russia:

  • For size and weight maximums please check with the destination country's limits.
  • Dimensional weight or actual weight, whichever is greater, determines the shipment tariff.
  • Shipments with a Declared value above US $100 are subject to a surcharge.
  • Items of extraordinary value may not have a Declared value greater than US $500.

Please see our tips to avoid Customs problems to gain Customs clearance more quickly. For more information, please contact Customer Help.

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