The particular and no doubt complex economic moment, is forcing worldwide companies to seek, in order not to fail, new outlets for their goods. For several years, among the preferred destinations for European companies, the Russian Federation has being consistently present. German, Italian, Dutch and French exporters have competed hard to conquer market share in all sectors of this large and promising economy.
The numbers reflect a major world economy, with a population of about 140 million people and a GDP (Current Prices, US Dollars) for Russia in year 2010 of US$ 1,465.08 Billion, numbers which make it a member of G8 since 1998.
245 were the billions of dollars of goods imported in 2010, 39% over the previous year, which however was marked by the severe crisis that hit the country in 2008-2009. In 2010 the volume of imports showed an almost complete recovery compared to pre-crisis levels, official data of the first six months of 2011 have already secured the passing of those levels, from January to July were in fact imported goods for 174billion U.S. dollars.
It is natural that these numbers make the Russian market very attractive, especially when the European and U.S. markets are under performing.
The decision to export to Russia brings with it the obligation to deal with, even before having their products on the shelves of shops, various bureaucratic obstacles. Among these, probably the most important is the confirmation of conformity of products and production to the Russian standards, which usually is referred to by the acronym GOST R.
Gost R, outside the Russian territory, shall mean a very diverse group of certifications. Certifications can be dedicated to particular sectors of the economy, such as research, extraction and transportation of hydrocarbons, in which case permission Rostekhnadzor mistakenly known worldwide as certified Gost RTN is needed.
Among the certifications that will surely have a larger impact on food production exported to Russia, there is certainly the Declaration of compliance GOST R.
Or there are many certificates of conformity GOST R that are required for industrial production, such as: valves, pipes and building materials.
Gost These certifications, along with the state health SGR registration (also known as a health certificate of the customs union), are the equivalent of the CE mark and conforms to ISO rules, in force in Europe.
Russia has just completed the 18 years political and bureaucratic process, and will officially attend a meeting of the WTO on December 15, making even more convenient and secure export to the country.
This latest development will probably require the Russian authorities to give up some of the measures still in force, designed to protect their own producers, as expected, however, the change will be gradual and extensive improvements may not be evident immediately.
Within certification in Russia, progress has been made and are still doing, for example, the Technical Regulations are replacing in order to comply with European standards, the very old certificate of compliance GOST R.
In addition, the change in the Eurasian Economic Community in a real customs and economic union, with a single currency, will certainly improve the situation and make more convenient for our companies any sales project in the former Soviet Union and in their profitable markets.