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Importing into non-EU countries in Eurasia: what you need to know

Selling heavy machinery and commercial vehicles across borders with TRADUS is as easy as selling locally. However, not all countries have the same policy when it comes to importing certain goods. Here’s what you need to know when you want to sell to non-EU countries in Eurasia.

Before you read this

This article was written to give you an idea of various import regulations. It must not be treated as (binding) legal advice. Note that regulations are prone to change every now and then. Some of the regulations  may have changed since the publication of this article. Always seek legal advice when exporting goods to countries that have their own import regulations.

Albania

As of January 1st, 2019, all imported vehicles must meet the Euro 5 emission standard. Vehicles may not be more than ten years old.

Belarus

Motorized vehicles of any type must meet the Euro 5 emission standard. The same goes for commercial vehicles. Vehicles must also conform to the respective technical regulation (TR) of the EAEU. To be allowed in Belarus, they require a Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Any used buses, used trucks, and other cargo vehicles or used trailers must be no older than ten years. Also, motorized vehicles must comply with the Euro 3 emission standard. Used tires are not allowed into the country. In addition, any used vehicle runs the risk of being defined as waste. The vehicle will then not be allowed to be imported into the country.

Macedonia

All used vehicles that are imported into the country must meet the Euro 4 emission standard. To import used agricultural equipment you may need an import license from the responsible ministry.

Moldova

Like in Bosnia and Herzegovina, any used vehicle runs the risk of being qualified as waste. This applies to damaged vehicles in particular. Passenger vehicles older than ten years may not be imported. For mini-buses the maximum age is seven years, for buses it’s five years.

Russian Federation

Vehicles, equipment used in road transport, machinery and equipment, and agricultural and forestry tractors must conform to the respective technical regulation of the EAEU. They also have to meet the Euro 5 emission standard.

Serbia

Motor vehicles to be imported into Serbia must meet the Euro 3 exhaust emission standard. Serbia also doesn’t allow any right-hand drive motor vehicles to be imported into the country.

Turkey

Although some exceptions are in place,  Turkey forbids the import of any used or renovated goods. That seems to include heavy machinery and commercial vehicles.

Ukraine

The only regulation to take into consideration when dealing with Ukraine is the emission standard. Used transport vehicles must adhere to the Euro 6 exhaust emission standard.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has very strict regulations when it comes to importing commercial and heavy vehicles. Transport vehicles of categories M2 and M3 as well as N2 are not allowed to be imported into the country. Before exporting any vehicle or machine to Uzbekistan (or any other country for that matter), you should obtain legal advice.

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