Customs Union Regulations for Obtaining a Certificate
CU TR stands for Customs Union Technical Regulations in the Russian Federation. These are the regulations that govern imports and exports in the Russian Federation. The rules apply to Custom Union countries namely Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.
The Customs Union certification standards were agreed upon and enforced with an aim to reduce the number of procedures that goods go through before obtaining a certificate and being allowed into any of the member countries. Each country has its own certifications but this one is accepted throughout the Customs Union.
Customs Union certification standards carry more weight than the certifications given in the individual states. It makes importing and exporting goods easier within the Customs Union because less paperwork to be processed means that the procedures take a shorter time. This is good for business in member states as goods move faster.
Obtaining a certificate does the following:
- It provides proof of the commodity’s quality, safety and electromagnetic compatibility.
- It allows easier and faster movement of goods
The products have to meet strict standards set by the Customs Union. They are taken through a series of lab tests where applicable so as to confirm their contents and safety. The tests are done in specific labs that take quality control very seriously. All conditions in the labs are monitored to avoid contamination or producing the wrong results.
Documents required by the Customs Union
The goods obtaining a certificate for free movement in the Customs Union should have passed the safety requirements in their country of origin. The manufacturer has to produce several documents, showing what the products contain. These include the standards under which these goods were produced, regulations followed in the production of these goods, any technical specifications and instructions, all the formulae and composition data. All these require the manufacturer’s certification.
If the product falls in the category of controlled goods, a sample of the label used on the product; a letter from the manufacturer indicating that the product is safe (it can be substituted with a safety certificate, quality certificate or safety data sheets); instructions from the manufacturer on how the product is used; a document declaring any dietary supplement that is biologically active; a document declaring the presence of any genetically modified or engineered components, nanomaterials, pesticides or hormones in foodstuff; a certificate of sampling; hygiene reports and scientific reports will also be required.
If there are disparities in the agreement of safety the manufacturer and the party that did the testing can seek the opinion of another certified body that that they agree upon and is conversant with Customs Union certification standards for a second opinion.
As seen from the requirements above, obtaining a certificate is a detailed process that looks into all angles of manufacturing and safety standards. Certifying a large number of products can take a while due to sample tasting and paperwork involved. However, once they are certified as safe, they will move fast across borders and sell faster since consumers will be guaranteed that the products they use meet Customs Union certification standards.
It is important that you meet the Customs Union certification standards no matter the type of product. Obtaining a certificate is your only ticket to break into the Customs Union successfully.