Customs Examination of Goods

Taking probes (samples) of goods is performed by officials of a Customs Authority in the framework of the procedures of customs control and customs processing (clearance), for the purpose of identification of critical characteristics for:

  • 1) classification of goods in accordance with the UCC FEA;
  • 2) verification of the declared customs value of goods;
  • 3) identification of a country of origin of goods;
  • 4) identification of narcotic drugs, psychopharmaceuticals, their analogues, precursors, highly toxic or poisonous substances;
  • 5) identification of goods that contain pieces of arts, historical or archeological value;
  • 6) identification of goods that are made with using subjects of intellectual property which are protected by the Law.

Declarants of authorised persons have the right to be present during taking probes (samples) of goods by officials of a Customs Authority and other State Authorities and support the officials during taking probes (samples) of goods and carry out loading and other required activity.

For oversized and technically complicated goods (machinery, technological lines, inductrial structures, etc.) Customs Authorities may require from the FEA entities to provide only a design and process control documentation. Officially published books, state and inductrial branch standards, technical conditions and specifications, catalogues, drawings and tecnhical passport data for a producer’s item are considered as a reliable design and process control documentation.

Probes (samples) of goods, except oversized and technically complicated goods (machinery, technological lines, inductrial structures, etc.), are taken in minimal quantities in two samples (investigated and control) each of those is sufficient for investigating. In case when taking control probes (samples) of goods on actual reasons does not seem possible (a single commodity, limited quantity, contents of a postal item, etc.) probes (samples) of goods are taken in one sample (investigated). On each probe (sample) a separate customs seal is placed. A separate act of taking probes (samples) is prepared according to a legally prescribed form.

Declarants and authorised persons should be familiarized with the results of the conducted investigation (analysis, examination) of probes and samples of goods and receive from the Customs Authority that assigned this investigation (analysis, examination) copies of these results not later than the next working day after conduction of the investigation (analysis, examination) by the Customs Authority or receipt of the results of the conducted investigation (analysis, examination) by this authority from other State Authorities.

Customs Authorities do not reimburse costs paid by a declarant or an authorised person for taking probes (samples) of goods that are under customs control. Costs for conducting investigation (analysis, examination) of probes and samples of goods made by the Customs Authorities do not reimbursed by a declarant or an authorised person, except the cases when such investigation (analysis, examination) is conducted under the initiative of the above mentioned persons.

With the purpose of identification of characteristics of goods required for their customs clearance, Customs Authorities may require, in written, including with using means of information technologies, require from manufacturers, the FEA entities and citizens available design and process control documentation abоut composition, physical and chemical charactiristics of goods, information about main technological phases of their production and usage.