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Monitoring of the Federal Legislation dated 21.11.2002

Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 831 of November 19, 2002 on the Amendments to the Customs Tariff of the Russian Federation and on the Endorsement of the Export Customs Duties for Individual Commodities Exported from the Territory of the Russian Federation Outside the Member-States of the Customs Union Agreements

The Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation now includes used and other parts of railway locomotives or tram motor cars or rolling stock. The rates of import customs duties for the mentioned commodities are fixed in the amount of 5% of their customs cost. The Decision also fixes the rates of export customs duties for axles, whether or not assembled (Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature codes 8607 19 010 1, 8607 19 110 1, 8607 19 180 1), in the amount of 15%, however, not less than EUR 15 per 1,000 kg.
The Decision is entered into force one months after the day of its official publication.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 1085 of October 10, 2002 on the Amendments to the Regulation on the Duty-Free Shop Customs Regime

The list of commodities prohibited from placing under the duty-free shop customs regime now excludes:
- ratafias, liqueurs and other alcoholic drinks packed for retail trade and intended for direct consumption;
- salt suitable for human consumption in packings for retail trade with net weight not greater than 1 kg;
- souvenirs or items of popular crafts of paper pulp, cast or pressed.
The Order also refines the procedure of filling out the cargo customs declaration to declare the commodities earlier available in free circulation on the territory of the Russian Federation and placed under the duty-free shop customs regime.
The Order is entered into force 30 days after its official publication.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on November 18, 2002. Reg. No. 3929.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 1083 of October 10, 2002 on the Places of the Customs Registration of Commodities in the Region Covered by the North-Western Customs Department

Lists commodities imported for organizations located in St.Petersburg and the Leningrad Province, as well as organizations located in the region covered by the North-Western Excise Duty Customs Office, that must be registered in the mentioned customs office. The customs registration of the mentioned commodities is charged with a fee in the single amount. These provisions do not apply to commodities imported for diplomatic representations of foreign state in the Russian Federation, temporary demonstration and use in exhibitions, in international postal dispatches.
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on November 14, 2002. Reg. No. 3926.

Order of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation No. 1095 of October 14, 2002 on the Places of Customs Registration of Individual Categories of Commodities

Lists the places of customs registration of imported commodities classified under Heading 8903 (yachts, rowing boats and canoes) and Subheading 8407 21 (outboard motors) according to Foreign Trade Commodity Nomenclature of the Russian Federation arriving for recipients in Moscow and the Moscow Province, as well as in St.Petersburg and the Leningrad Province. The customs registration of the given commodities is charged with a customs fee in the single amount.
These provisions do not apply to commodities imported for diplomatic representations of foreign states in the Russian Federation, imported by natural persons for other than commercial purposes, for use in exhibitions, fairs, international meetings and other similar events and placed under the temporary import customs regime, as humanitarian aid (assistance).
Registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on November 14, 2002. Reg. No. 3925.

Letter of the Central Bank of Russia and the Ministry of Taxation of the Russian Federation Nos. 151-T, FS-18-10/2 of November 12, 2002 on Individual Issues Pertaining to Payment of Taxes and Fees by Organizations

Taxpayer organizations shall pay taxes and fees independently in cashless form from their bank accounts in credit organizations, branches of credit organizations, institutions of the Bank of Russia if otherwise is no envisaged in the legislation of the Russian Federation. The taxpayer organizations, when they pay taxes and fees, may not enter cash in banks to transfer them to incomes accounts of appropriate budgets avoiding their bank accounts if otherwise is not envisaged in the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Information Letter of the Central Bank of Russia No. 20 of October 31, 2002 "Issues of Application of the Direction of the Bank of Russia on the Procedure of Carrying Out Currency Operations Pertaining to Obtaining and Return of Credits and Loans in Foreign Currencies by Resident Legal Entities Granted by Non-Residents for More Than 180 Days and on the Revocation of and Amendments to Individual Normative Acts of the Bank of Russia No. 1030-U of September 10, 2002 and the Instruction of the Bank of Russia on the Procedure of Registration by Authorized Banks of Currency Operations of Residents Pertaining to Credits and Loans in Foreign Currencies Obtained from Non-Residents and Loans in Foreign Currencies Granted to Non-Residents No. 101-I of September 10, 2001"

Explains that Direction No. 1030-U does not contain restrictions as to the subject compositions of non-residents providing foreign currencies in the form of credits (loans) granted to resident legal entities for more than 180 days, as well as getting the returned mentioned credit (loan). The account of the resident legal entity may be used to enter the credit (loan) for more than 180 days either from a non-resident being a party to the contract or from a third-party non-resident. The writing off of the monetary resources in foreign currencies from the foreign currency account of the resident legal entity in execution of obligations under the credit contract is also permitted in favour of the non-resident third party not being a party to the contract.

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