Head of Tatarstan proposed to create Russia's first bonded zone

President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov suggested the government to consider establishing in the Republic the country's first bonded areas for cross-border e-Commerce, according to the website of the regional business Ombudsman.

Bonded area (bonded warehouse) is called a territory with special status, the customs duties and taxes are not paid upon receipt of goods for storage, and when they purchase the ultimate purchaser-individuals. Because of this, for example, unclaimed items can be returned to their home country without paying duties and taxes.

According to Minnikhanov, Tatarstan has all necessary conditions for the creation of bonded zones: high level of preparation of logistics infrastructure, an optimal geographical location, the support of the Republican authorities.

It is noted that currently the development of bonded areas В2В2С in Russia is hampered by the lack of an appropriate regulatory framework. Current customs regulations do not allow the use of simplified procedure of release of goods in postal items to the address of physical persons on the territory of the Eurasian economic Union when using the model of a customs warehouse.

Minnikhanov believes that the model of bonded warehouses В2В2С is not only an effective measure of support and development of retail of non-oil exports through the channels of cross-border e-Commerce but also a successful management tool import mail to the address of individuals with a simplified system of administration of customs fees and charges with each shipment. According to experts, the introduction of a unified customs rates of 6.5% for all goods entering bonded zone В2В2С, budget revenues could reach more than 17 billion rubles per year during import processing mail.

According to the business Ombudsman of the Republic of Tatarstan Farid Abdulganiev, in preparation for the implementation of the project of establishment in Tatarstan bonded areas decided to form a working group which will include representatives of Tatarstan ministries and agencies, customs, as well as participants of the Russian market of remote trade. The working group will develop a roadmap for project implementation and to develop proposals that will be further submitted to the Federal government.