What can and cannot be exported from France
The laws of France and the EU almost do not restrict the export of items for tourists, but we should not forget about restrictions on imports to Russia. In this article we will figure out what gifts and souvenirs can be legally brought from France to Russia and in what quantities. What exactly is impossible As in all countries of the world, it is impossible to export: – Psychotropic, toxic and narcotic substances; – Weapons, ammunition, ammunition; – Any counterfeit products; – Gold and jewelry must be declared away, except for jewelry for personal use, if their weight does not exceed 500 grams. Do sanctions apply to ordinary tourists? Russia’s sanctions on food imports from the United States and EU countries do not apply to ordinary citizens if the products are brought for personal consumption. For example, Presidential Decree 391 of July 29, 2015 (which refers to the destruction of sanctioned food) protects products imported by ordinary citizens for personal use from destruction. However, there are norms for importing food products, which we will talk about in detail. The general norm for the duty-free import of all goods: weight not more than 50 kilograms, cost not more than 10,000 euros. Food The most popular tasty gifts from France are cheeses, sausages, pies and foie gras. For the most interesting and popular gifts, see our article “What to bring from France”. You can export any food from France without restrictions. Since all these are animal products, their import into Russia is limited. The limit is 5 kilograms per person. Moreover, without reference to age, that is, even a baby has the right to his 5 kilos of Camembert or Roquefort. Food products of animal origin must be ready to eat, no semi-finished products, and even more so fresh meat or fish. However, in the case of France do not worry. All the popular delicious gifts here are sold ready to eat. Food products of animal origin must be in their original packaging. There may be difficulties at this point. For example, cheeses are often sold by weight, cutting pieces of the right size. And in this case, the cheese is clearly not in its original packaging, even if it is carefully wrapped in foil or film, such cheese can be confiscated. Things for personal use. These include clothes and shoes bought in Paris boutiques, perfumes, jewelry, and leather goods. All this can be freely exported from France and freely imported into Russia. The main thing is not to overdo it with the quantity. With 10 fashionable handbags in baggage, on which company tags still hang, customs officers will obviously stop. By the way, if you bought a thing for yourself, then it is better to remove the tags in advance so that the customs have fewer questions. Money If you export 10,000 euros or more (or equivalent amounts in other currencies), then this money must be declared and prove their legal origin. If they brought the money with them, then they had to be declared at the entrance to France. This is evidenced by the corresponding stamp in the passport. If you withdraw money from an ATM or bank branch, then present a document about this fact. Alcohol Local wines, cognacs and champagne are very popular as gifts from France. You can export them from France in any quantities. Only 3 liters of alcohol per adult can be brought into Russia duty free. 4 and 5 liters require a fee of 10 euros per liter. With such a duty, the import of most types of alcohol loses its financial sense, since it is cheaper to buy this wine or cognac in Russia. Tobacco products You can export from France without restrictions. But does that make sense? French cigarettes are expensive, and no one praises their quality. If you still needed to bring cigarettes, then remember the import standards in Russia – up to 1 block (200 pcs) of cigarettes, or 250 grams of weight tobacco, or 50 cigars. Tips for tourists – For “every fireman”, keep checks from buying any souvenirs that can theoretically have cultural value – figurines, paintings, handmade products. Reinsurance is never superfluous; – Now at all airports in the world, security guards and customs officers are asking to turn on smartphones and tablets to make sure that the gadget is really working, and not just a case for transporting something illegal. Keep your gadgets charged so there are fewer questions; – You will take wine and cognac in a glass container, which tends to break. We recommend to lay glass bottles in your luggage with clothes or something else soft. Do not forget that the bottles break easily against each other, lay soft between the bottles. If a bottle of wine breaks in a suitcase, it can ruin all things; – Some food products smell very strongly and sharply, in particular, some cheeses. During a trip to the airport, flight, baggage claim, they can convey the smell of things in a suitcase. Wrap such products with an additional layer of film or paper; – Customs officers do not inspect each passenger at the entrance, they only conduct selective control.