What can be transported across the border?
When traveling abroad it is very important to know what can not be carried across the border, and what can be. Many people do not ask this question, and therefore face all sorts of problems when going through customs control when leaving or entering even their home country.
To begin with, it is worth noting that Russia is a member of the Customs Union along with the Republics of Belarus and Kazakhstan, and for these countries a single list of goods prohibited or restricted for importation and exportation by member states of the union is established.
When collecting a suitcase and carry-on baggage it is worth considering the list of goods for personal use:
- Prohibited to import / export.
- Restricted to import / export.
If you have such goods, then you need to choose the “Red Corridor” during customs clearance and fill out a declaration if you are over 16 years old. For minors, the declaration is filled in by the parents or official guardians. And also it is necessary to observe the restrictions on import / export or to pay the customs duty (if necessary).
It is forbidden to export / import
The following goods are prohibited for import and export in most countries:
- Narcotic substances.
- Flammable and explosives, hazardous waste, radioactive substances.
- Cultural values.
- Representatives of wild flora and fauna.
In addition to the above-mentioned goods, it is prohibited to export from the zone of the Customs Union: unprocessed precious stones, waste and scrap of non-ferrous and ferrous metals, mineral raw materials, printed materials containing state secrets, and much more.
It is also prohibited to import: alcohol and ethyl alcohol (more than 5 liters), cigarettes (more than 200 pieces), or cigars (maximum 50 pieces), or tobacco (more than 250 grams), or all tobacco products with a total weight of more than 250 grams per adult person It should be noted that without paying the duty to import alcohol is possible, provided that its volume is only 3 liters per person.
Goods restricted for export / import
To be declared:
- Cash and traveller's checks if their amount exceeds 10 thousand US dollars.
- Any monetary instruments (securities, promissory notes)
- Exported awards of the Russian Federation.
- Cultural values (in the presence of permits).
- Weapons and ammunition (with permission of special bodies).
- Representatives of wild flora and fauna, which are on the verge of extinction, and products made from them, or parts thereof (with the permission of special bodies).
- And other products.
In addition, it is worth remembering that you can declare any goods that you consider necessary. For example, if you have expensive equipment (photo equipment, computer, etc.) that looks new or as such, it is better to declare it when it is exported, so that on the way back you do not have to prove that it was purchased in Russia.
If we talk about other countries, the export and import to most countries is limited to the following goods:
- Tobacco products
- Medications, and not only those that contain psychotropic or narcotic substances.
- Cash currency. The export of national currency is also prohibited from some countries.
Many are interested in whether it is possible to transport drugs across the border. It is possible, but before taking your first-aid kit with you, make sure that your medicines do not contain psychotropic and narcotic substances. Although in this case there is a way out: permits (a prescription for a medicine / its duplicate / extract from the medical history, certified by a doctor).But it is still better to get acquainted with the rules of importing drugs into the country of visit.
More information about what can not be transported across the border of the Russian Federation will be found on the website.
Thus, the answer to the question: what can be transported across the border is very simple - something that is not forbidden to be transported through it. When studying this issue is very important to understand:
- the list of things that are prohibited from being taken out of and imported into the country may vary for the same country.
- when you go abroad, you go through at least two customs houses: the customs of the country you leave and the customs of the country you are going to. Consequently, it is necessary to study the rules for the importation and exportation of goods from both countries.
Information about the customs regulations of various countries can be found on travel sites, but it is better to consult directly the Representative Office of the country you are planning to visit.