From cars to iPhones: a list of defunct brands that will return to Russia through parallel imports



The Ministry of Industry and Trade has published a comprehensive list of goods that can be imported into the country through parallel imports, that is, without the consent of the manufacturer.

A photo: Alexei BULATOV


The parallel import that the government has been talking about for so long is officially launched! On Friday, May 6, the Ministry of Industry and Trade published a list of products whose import into Russia is now allowed through parallel imports. The list includes 96 product groups and more than 200 brands – from cars, plaster and cosmetics to nuclear reactors.

And immediately on the main thing: parallel imports, although they call it “gray” – this is not a counterfeit. These are absolutely legal licensed products, which can now be imported into the country without permission from the copyright holder. And this, by the way, is quite a civilized way.

“Look carefully – two lists of countries. First: Albania, Bhutan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Gambia, Lesotho. Second: United States, Japan, China, Switzerland, India, Israel, Brazil, Turkey. How would you like See Russia Probably in the second What is it in now Unfortunately in the first What are these lists This is a list of countries with different import regimes In the states of the first list, parallel imports are prohibited, in the countries of the second list they are allowed, – a former deputy of the State Duma recently wrote in a column on our website Vyacheslav Lysakov.

And now we have also allowed parallel imports. However, with a few caveats…


Previously, to bring goods to Russia for sale, the manufacturer’s permission was required. For importing products without permission from the copyright holder, the importer was threatened with multi-million dollar fines and the goods could be destroyed.

But after many foreign companies left Russia, the market (and the government) had to make a choice: either tolerate the shortage of certain products or allow parallel imports. We chose the second. Last March, the government legalized “grey” imports. But they immediately warned: this will not affect all the goods, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce will publish the final list a little later. And this “a little later” came. So now Russian importers can safely import even iPhones, even BMW cars from abroad, without asking permission from copyright holders.

At the same time, experts assure that the prices of certain goods could fall due to parallel imports. The fact is that many manufacturers set “individual” margins for Russia. Which were higher than for some other countries – the same Turkey, India, China. And if Russian importers buy cheaper goods there, they will be sold at lower prices on the Russian market.

List of goods from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for parallel imports:

Some brands that have been included in the list of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce:

– cars and spare parts: Land Rover, Jeep, Jaguar, Chrysler, Bentley, General Motors, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Mitsubishi, Renault, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Skoda, Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Lexus, Lamborgini, Ferrari, Man , Scania, Isuzu, Subaru, Suzuki, Honda, Infiniti, Nissan, Volvo, DAF Trucks, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, etc. (more than 50 in total).

– tires: Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Continental.

– Techniques : Electrolux, Miele, Siemens, Dyson, Philips, Bosch, Hitachi, Xerox, Yamaha, etc.

– game consoles : Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo.

– smartphones and electronics: Apple, Asus, HP, GoPro, Panasonic, Samsung, Nokia, Sony, Intel, Dell, LG, Toshiba, IBM, etc.

– pharmaceutical products: OB, Carefree.

The list also includes cosmetics, perfumes, cameras, watches, musical instruments, furniture, toys, railway locomotives and even weapons.

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Source: KP

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