Articles by Alexander Kosov



B2B: Applying Constitutional Principles in Customs Work

  • 28 October 15
  • Pepeliaev Group
Ruling No. 417-O of the Russian Constitutional Court dated 3 March 2015 is of great legal importance. Not only does it deal with how a specific decision of the Customs Union's Commission should be applied when it is the subject matter of proceedings.

B2B: Confirming the Safety of Imported Goods

  • 04 August 14
  • Pepeliaev Group
This article provides information on the rules for confirming safety of goods imported to the territory of the Customs Union of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

B2B: Customs Benefits for Foreign Investors Localizing Manufacture in Russia

  • 09 June 14
  • Pepeliaev Group
The effective customs legislation of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan envisages the following customs benefits for foreign investors who would like to localize manufacture of goods in Russia.

Russia's Accession to the WTO: How It Might Affect the Legal Market

  • 04 December 12
  • Pepeliaev Group
Upon its entry to the WTO, Russia established no restrictions on the legal services market or on the regime for foreign persons and entities.

New Risks for Those Involved in Cross-Border Trade

  • 20 March 12
  • Pepeliaev Group
In December 2011, adjustments were made to several Russian federal laws, with the changes coming into force in the same month. Despite the fact that this law was supposed to be of a merely technical nature, bringing a range of laws into compliance with Customs Union terminology, it contains a number of substantial amendments that increase risks for companies involved in cross-border trade.

Customs, Foreign Trade Regulation and the Automotive Industry: Trends, Prospects

  • 06 March 12
  • Pepeliaev Group

This article looks at the trends and prospects of the automotive industry from the standpoint of customs and foreign trade regulation. In particular, it provides an overview of the most significant issues in customs and foreign trade regulation that may impact the automotive sector.

Processing for Domestic Consumption: Will It Finally Start Working?

  • 29 November 11
  • Foreign Trade Regulation

The Russian government's Resolution No. 565, dated July 12, 2011, allows application of the customs procedure of processing goods for domestic consumption. The main goal of this procedure is to enhance import substitution by incentivizing production in Russia.

Valuation Rules of the Customs Union

  • 30 November 10
  • Pepeliaev Group
The establishment of the customs union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan has substantially complicated the system of customs valuation. According to Clause 1, Article 64 of the customs code of that union, the customs value of goods imported to the customs unionТs customs territory is determined in accordance with an international agreement concluded between the member states governing the determination of the customs value of goods transferred across the customs border.

Latest Changes to the Regulation of Medicine Imports

  • 21 September 10
  • Pepeliaev Group
Through Decision No. 19, dated Nov. 27, 2009, of the Interstate Council of the Eurasian Economic Community, the Customs UnionТs supreme authority, from Jan. 1, 2010, the member states of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) transferred to a supranational body Ч the Commission of the Customs Union Ч the power to adopt measures arising from national interests and concerning the external trading of goods. As a general rule, therefore, such measures may no longer be enacted by way of national legislation.

Trends in the Development of Court Practice for Foreign Trade Businesses

  • 30 March 10
  • Pepeliaev Group
Although RussiaТs foreign trade turnover contracted by 40 percent in 2009 compared with 2008, the Russian customs authorities still managed to meet the budgeted target for the remittance of customs proceeds, which was reduced by the government by only 20 percent.

Upsetting the Balance or Deciding to Renege on the Development of a Law-Based State

  • 16 June 09
  • Head of the Group for Customs & Foreign Trade Regulation at Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners

On 22 May 2009, the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation passed in a second reading a draft federal law entitled “On Amendments to the Customs Code of the Russian Federation”. If the draft passes through all approval stages, the amendments to the Customs Code of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the “Russian Customs Code”) will enter into force on 1 October 2009 and introduce far more stringent rules for the payment and administration of customs payments.