In Russia the "gray" import of foreign goods is legalized by persons who do not have documented consent from the right holders to import

Russian media have reported that the Russian government has officially approved "gray" or parallel imports, a package of funds that allow banned foreign-made products to be brought into Russia. The entire list of goods, the import of which does not require permission from the copyright holders, was divided into 50 main categories.


As you know, parallel import (also called “gray”) is the import into the territory of Russia of original goods labeled with a trademark with the permission of the copyright holder, by persons who do not have documented consent from the copyright holder for their import, which occurs through the use of parallel, alternative channels, and not through working with an accredited distributor.


With reference to the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manutrov, Izvestia reported that the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia included more than 200 brands in the list of parallel imports, including iPhone smartphones, Apple Watches and AirPods headphones, as well as devices from Samsung, Sony, HP , Nokia and Siemens.


Among the cars in the "gray" import included the following brands: Land Rover, Jaguar, Bentley, Volvo, Toyota, Jeep, Chrysler, Cadillac, Skoda, Nissan, Tesla and several others, including spare parts for the above car brands.


However, all clothing and footwear, as well as jewelry, are not subject to separate mentions, since the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade stated that domestic manufacturers could easily eliminate the shortage of foreign-brand clothing.


The list of suppliers of spare parts and components for cars has been replenished with well-known brands Wabco, Mahle, Cummins, Gates, Continental, Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone, Caterpillar and others.