Under Technical Regulation of the Customs Union, the producer now needs one official importer to obtain the necessary permits and certificates.
The certificates will be issued in the name of that Russian legal entity for the period of the GOST certificate’s validity (1-5 years).
If you do not have one fully trusted partner in Russia, or you do not want to emphasize one of your local distributors over others,


Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia

The Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia (abbreviation in Cyrillic:ЕЭК) came into existence on January 1, 2010 between the states of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. The Customs Union was launched as a first step towards forming a broader European Union-type economic alliance of former Soviet states. The member states are planning to continue with economic integration and were set to remove all customs borders between each other after July 2011. On 19 November 2011, the member states put together a joint commission on fostering closer economic ties, planning to create a Eurasian Union by 2015. Since January 1, 2012, the three states are a single economic space. The Eurasian Economic Commission is the regulatory agency for the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Community.

Access of products to the single territory of the Customs Union is granted after products have proved to be compliant with the requirements of Customs Union Technical Regulations which are applicable to the product. As of December 2012, 31 Customs Union Technical Regulations have been developed covering different types of products, some of which have already come into force, while others will come into force in the period 2012 – 2015. Some Technical Regulations are being still developed.

Before Technical Regulations come into force, the following approvals are the basis for access to the Customs Union Member Countries:

  • National approvals/certificates – they are good for access of product to the country where this approval/certificate has been issued.
  • Customs Union Certificates/Approvals issued in accordance with the “List of products subject to mandatory conformity approval in the Customs Union” – such Certificate/Approval is valid in all the three Member Countries of the Customs Union.

Citizens of the member states of the union may travel to other member states with just a internal passport, without a international passport.Although presently Russia allows citizens of other CIS states to visit without a passport as well, it is expected that after 2015 only citizens of the Customs Union will have this privilege.

Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan
An orthographic projection of the world highlighting Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia in green.
Political centres
  • Flag_of_Russia Moscow
  • Russia Saint Petersburg
  • Belarus Minsk
  • Kazakhstan Almaty
  • Kazakhstan Astana
Official languages
  • Russian
  • Belarusian
  • Kazakh
Member states
  •  Belarus
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Russia
 -  Total 20,007,860 km2
12,432,307 sq mi 
 -  2010 estimate 167,454,573
 -  Density 8.36/km2
13.46/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2012 IMF estimate
 -  Total $2.952 trillion
 -  Per capita $17,629
GDP (nominal) 2012 IMF estimate
 -  Total $2.307 trillion
 -  Per capita $13,747
data from:


Council of Dietary Supplements Producers of Russia           Chamber of Commerce Russia - EU



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