Azerbaijani State Customs Committee doesn't plan to tighten the rules of receiving parcels by individuals from foreign online stores as it was done in Russia, chairman of the State Customs Committee, Lieutenant General of Azerbaijani Customs Service Aydin Aliyev told.
"I believe that the tightening of mechanism of receiving and clearance of goods purchased via the Internet in Russia is related to the need to ensure the security of the Olympic Games, which are scheduled for February, 2014 in Sochi, as well as the fight against terrorism. There is a political stability in Azerbaijan and the public order is protected at a high level. Namely therefore, the tightening of requirements to Internet commerce is not necessary in today's reality," Aliyev said.
In January 2014, the Federal Customs Service of Russia tightened the requirements for citizens making purchases in foreign online stores. So, the list of documents required for customs declaration of parcels was extended. The original bank statements indicating the online store as the payee, as well as the originals of the agreement on rendering services for customs declaration and a copy of a bank card were added to the previous mandatory documents. In addition, the country's government is considering the issue of lowering the limit on duty-free import of goods purchased via the Internet, from $1,000 to $150 per month. The stricter requirements led to the abandonment of the delivery of parcels with such goods to individuals by the alliance of the largest international logistics operators - FedEx, DHL, TNT and others.
Against this background, the relevant rules were, on the contrary, relaxed in Azerbaijan; in accordance to the amendments to the Customs Code, the limit on duty-free import of goods for personal use has been increased to $ 1,500 (including $ 500 for each additional accompanying person). This limit amounts to $1,000 per month for e-commerce.