Russia amends the legislation on alcohol-containing cosmetics

As of 1 June 2015, the manufacturers of cosmetic products with the alcohol content exceeding 0,5% will require a licence for this activity (previously, a licence was only compulsory for the manufacturer of cosmetic products with the alcohol content exceeding 1,5% .

EEU: Prohibition to manufacture and place on the market baby food containing ethyl vanillin enters into force on 6 April 2016

As of 6 April 2016 baby food importers and manufacturers are prohibited to manufacture or place on the Customs Union market any baby food which contains ethyl vanillin. This requirement applies to food which is intended for babies younger than 4 months as well as to food in a form of mixtures intended for healthy older children and which has undergone the state registration as special food before Decision No. 69 of 18 September 2014 of 18 September 2014 enters into force. The exact date when Decision No. 69 enters into force is not known yet.

Russia reduces import duties for a number of goods

As of 1 September 2014 lower import tariffs will apply to thousands of products imported into Russia (88 groups of products and 4822 product codes in total).

The tariffs were amended as a result of Russia joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2012.