In February, the Eurasian Economic Commission will agree on a common threshold for duty-free e-commerce for the EAEU countries, which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia. Currently, in all countries this threshold varies.
Vladimir Goshin, head of the working group for the preparation of the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union, said that “in Belarus, the threshold is now the toughest - € 200. In Russia and Kazakhstan for € 1000. In Armenia - € 300. In my opinion, it would be wise, say, to bring the minimum thresholds of the three countries closer together. Now in Russia they are discussing the threshold of € 500. From my point of view, this is an overestimated figure - in the EU countries and in the ASEAN countries it is several times less.
The establishment of a minimum threshold in Russia was discussed in October 2014 of the year. At that time, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation proposed removing tax liabilities from purchases whose parcel price does not exceed 150 euros. Politicians said that, of course, we are talking only about purchases in foreign online stores.