Southern Customs Administration

In the region of activity of Krasnodar Customs, cases of violation of customs legislation with regard to temporarily imported vehicles are becoming more frequent. Krasnodar Customs draws the attention of individuals to the need to comply with the rules of importing vehicles with Abkhazian registration and to comply with the established period of temporary importation.

Since the beginning of 2023, the customs initiated 19 criminal cases and 230 cases of administrative offenses on the facts of committing illegal operations with vehicles temporarily imported into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union from the Republic of Abkhazia

Criminal and administrative cases are related to numerous violations of the terms of temporary importation of vehicles, sale of imported vehicles, illegal transfer of vehicles to other persons, as well as the use of forged documents.

Criminal and administrative cases are related to numerous violations of the terms of temporary importation of vehicles, sale of imported vehicles, illegal transfer of vehicles to other persons, as well as the use of forged documents.

If a temporarily imported car without payment of customs duties is sold or transferred on the customs territory of the Union by a foreign citizen who is a citizen of the Russian Federation, the buyer is at risk from that moment on. Search measures are carried out in respect of the vehicle and if the vehicle is found, measures are taken to detain it. A criminal or administrative case is initiated against the owner of the vehicle (depending on the amount of unpaid payments). Subsequently, by court decision, the vehicle may be confiscated in favor of the state

Also, in case of failure to export a vehicle within the established time limits, customs authorities issue a demand for payment of customs payments and take measures aimed at their recovery. Persons who are in arrears may be prohibited from entering the Russian Federation or traveling abroad

Similar violations of the law are being uncovered by customs authorities across the country. A large number of cars with Abkhazian license plates of various premium brands have appeared on the streets of cities. The main argument in favor of buying a car from Abkhazia is the low price. Since there are no tax charges and expensive customs fees in Abkhazia, and the procedure of registration in Abkhazia is not complicated, used premium cars of high class can be purchased at attractive prices

There are import restrictions for cars from Abkhazia into the territory of the Customs Union. cars for personal use with exemption from customs payments, registered in the territory of foreign countries, can be imported only by citizens of a foreign state for the period of their temporary stay (but not more than 1 year)

Krasnodar Customs strongly recommends that before buying a car registered in Abkhazia, you familiarize yourself with the customs legislation in advance. If you receive a “tempting” offer to buy a car with Abkhazian registration, think about the consequences that may await you in the future

Lack of knowledge of the law does not exempt from responsibility!

Tatiana Burmistrova,

Spokesperson of Krasnodar Customs

8 (861) 21-99-254