Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are becoming increasingly attractive for the electrical and electronics (E&E) industries, due to their high level of investment in machinery and technological solutions as well as for the growing markets for a wide range of consumer products. But when exporting E&E products to Russia and the CIS you will have to go through a unique market-entry process.

Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the other CIS countries can offer exciting business opportunities, if companies follow market-entry requirements established for this otherwise hard to reach part of the world.

Crossing the Russian Border Despite close ties with Europe and a large, expanding consumer base, exporting to Russia/CIS can still be difficult. CE marking or international certificates are not recognized by Russian and other CIS authorities for the purpose of conformity assurance. Only by complying with national standards of product quality and safety, can you eventually get your products into Russian/CIS markets.

Depending on the nature of your electronic products you may need to comply with one or more certification requirements and there are up to 18 mandatory systems and over 500 voluntary ones. If this though is for you business as usual, then lengthy certification processes, unpredictable costs and irregularity with Russian authorities might just make you change your mind.

Product Certification Key to A Smoother Process

The most commonly used certification system in Russia is the GOST R Certificate of Conformity. GOST-R verifies consumer products meet the necessary safety standards for customs clearance, sale and consumption in Russia.

The GOST R Certificate of Conformity can be issued for single shipment and is then valid for that one consignment only; or it can cover serial production, enabling you to export unlimited times and quantities of E&E products during the certificate validity period.

Product-related certificates and permits issued by accredited certification bodies apply to the whole of the Russian Federation, even when the certification is granted by a regional certification body.

As in January 2010, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan formed a Customs Union, the Russian GOST-R certification is now a valid market-entry tool also for these countries, provided that your product is included on the Unified Product List of the new Customs Union.

SGS is the only global company accredited to provide GOST-R Certifications. SGS labs in Asia and Europe are accredited by Russian authorities to support our GOST-R certification services.


Vladimir Ovcharov
Head GOST R Competence Center

SGS Vostok Limited
t: +7 495 775 46 21 ext. 227

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