Shipping to and from Russia
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Relevant shipping information
- Is Russia more of an import or export country?
Russia is more of an importing country because of its trade flows with China and other Asian countries. However, Russia also exports goods such as natural resources like wood, paper, metals and fertilisers.
With our tips and tricks on this page, you will be able to start shipping to or from Russia smoothly. Just check the different tabs for more information.
- How is my cargo getting from port to door or the port when shipping to or from Russia?
Russia is a big country and has 4 main ports:
St Petersburg in the North-West region
Kaliningrad in the West region
Novorossiysk in the South region
Vladivostok/Vostochny in the Far-East region
Usually, we recommend you choose the nearest port to your buyers’ warehouse.
Rail and truck deliveries are common in Russia and are widely spread. So, if your buyer is in the Central region, you can either ship via St Petersburg or Novorossiysk.
The customers’ transport needs influence transit times and costs. In general, Inland Transportation via rail is cheaper for long distances but has longer transit times. Truck is the faster option but has increased costs on longer routes.
- Which peak seasons are important for logistics in your country?
In Russia, there are public New Year holidays during the first week of the year. So, the peak season already starts at the beginning of November when goods such as presents are being shipped.
Moreover, Russia is also affected by Chinese New Year in February and Chinese Golden Week in autumn as imports from China are getting delayed during these Chinese peak seasons.
- Do I need insurance to ship to or from Russia?
It is not mandatory, but always preferable to protect from unwanted risks and keep peace of mind.
If you're shipping your cargo to or from Russia, it’s best for you to know that you could get quickly being compensated if your cargo is damaged or lost. That's why Twill offers Value Protect, giving you peace of mind as your cargo is protected while being transported with us. When you add Value Protect, it is easier and simpler to make claims compared to traditional insurance.
- How is Customs Clearance handled in Russia?
Russia has strict customs rules, and your buyer needs a reliable logistics partner/customs broker who can help you navigate. Our Twill team members have many years of experience in the shipping industry and are ready to offer you Customs Clearance services to deliver your cargo from A to B. If you want to add customs clearance to your booking, you can easily do it with Twill. Just check our dedicated page about Customs Services.
- Are there any special restrictions on commodities when shipping to or from Russia?
Russia has strict rules about phytosanitary goods (tea etc.) and veterinary goods (meat, fish etc.) cargo. Original certificates of phytosanitary and veterinary goods should be presented to the customs and numbers of those certificates should be indicated on the Bill of Lading.
For further questions, you can get in touch with our Twill experts for any questions related to Customs Services.
- What are popular trade lanes from or to Russia?
The most popular trade lane to or from Russia is Russia-Asia – to or from countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, India. These countries represent significant market shares and have the biggest vessels carrying the most containers globally. The biggest countries for import and export are:
Import to Russia from Asia:
Export from Russia to Asia:
As a customer, this means that there are vessels frequently leaving and sailing on this corridor and many shipping services available, which can strengthen the trade of your products.
Ports and offices in Russia
St Petersburg Office
Moskovskiy prospekt, 140,
bld.2, Fabrika Business center,
196006, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oboronnaya Ulitsa, 27
St Petersburg, Russia, 198099
Port of Ust-Luga
Ust-Luga Sea Port,
St Petersburg 190000,
17 Chistoprudniy blvd, building 1,
Business Center “Boulevard Ring”,
101000, Moscow, Russia
1 Victora Gyugo str,
Business center “Lastadie”,
236006, Kaliningrad, Russia
Ulitsa Polotskaya, 28-29, Kaliningrad,
45 Aleutskaya str., 11-fl «Sky City» Business Center,
690091, Vladivostok, Russia
9, Strelnikova Str.
Vnutriportovaya Str 19 of. 18,
Vrangel-1, 692941, Russia
Yuzhniy Val 1,
Leninskiy Rayon, Vladivostok, Primorskij kraj,
Fish Port Terminal
Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai,
Okeanskiy Prospekt, 107
16/10-A Svobody/Pobedy str.,
Novorossiysk, 353900, Russia
Sukhumskoye Shosse str.,
17 А, Novorossiysk,
Krasnodar Krai, 353902
2, Petrovskaya Str
Azov, Rostov Region 346780
Services to make shipping easier
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