Media: Finns can no longer enter Russia with a car bought on credit

HELSINKI, September 8 – RIA Novosti. Citizens of Finland, whose car was bought with a bank loan and pledged to the bank, can not enter Russia on September 4, writes the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday.

Head of the federal tax office of Mikhail Mishustin, Russia. Archive photo
Head of the federal tax office, target for tax and customs authorities

In Russia, on September 4, 2018, federal law no. 289-FZ "on customs regulations in the Russian Federation and amending certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation" came into effect. The document was developed in connection with the entry into force of the new Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC) from 1 January 2018.

In accordance with Article 193, paragraph 2, of Article 5 of the federal law, the temporary importation of a vehicle for personal use registered in a foreign state and owned by a legal person to a natural person or legal person in whose property already vehicles for personal use previously imported into the customs territory of the unified energy system and under customs control is only possible after compliance with the obligation to pay customs duties is ensured.

"Dozens of Finnish tourists traveling to Russia could unexpectedly not pass Russian customs this week," writes the newspaper.

Passport control area. Archive photo
The law on customs regulation caused a queue at the border between Russia and Estonia

As the representative of the Finnish border guard Ossi Fonselius explained, this was due to the accession to Russia of new customs legislation restricting the access of cars of the same owner. Information about Russian innovations was not received by the Finnish customs officials.

Deputy Head of Customs Procedures and Customs Control of Northwestern Customs Service Daria Kirillova explained that a lease car can still be transferred to Russian territory with a deposit that is promised to be returned on return. "The amount of the deposit is equal to the sum of the customs clearance of the car, that is, for an average car it is somewhere around 10,000 euros," said Kirillova, quoted by YLE's state television and radio company.

Problems can also occur in families who cross the border on two cars, designed for one person. In this case, the law that entered into force on 4 September is again in force and at the same time prohibited two vehicles from the same owner on the territory of Russia.

The Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Development, Anne-Marie Virolainen, admitted that the new rules for cars introduced by Russian customs were a complete surprise for her. The minister said that this practice only makes it difficult for border controls.

"If we want to develop tourism and trade between countries, such rules look rather strange, they create extra problems at the border." I hope that customs officials from the two countries will discuss this issue. If no solution is found, the issue can be submitted to the parliamentary committee for consideration. economic affairs, "Virolainen said.

RIA Novosti has no comment about the customs union of the Russian Federation.

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