Send a Parcel to Russia

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Bordered by the likes of Norway, Finland and Estonia, Russia is a massive country – it spans 17.1 million kilometres, making it the largest country in Europe and even the world in terms of land mass. Due to its vast size, shipping parcels to Russia can be a little more challenging compared to other destinations the world. Unfortunately, this means delivery can take longer than you’d think, and you shouldn’t expect a parcel to arrive there in a day.

Russia continues to have huge global influence with an economy that’s held strong by large reserves of natural resources like gas and oil. The demand for these resources and products is always high, as is the supply, which makes parcel delivery to Russia an essential component that requires the world’s top couriers to get the job done properly.

Below is some information and guidance to help you find cheap delivery to Russia.

Parcel Delivery To Russia

When it comes to choosing a courier service to provide cheap shipping to Russia, it’s important you choose a company that knows what they are doing. There is less competition when it comes to Russia parcel delivery than other countries, but despite this, prices are still competitive.

The quickest speed available when you send a parcel to Russia is an aim of two days for parcel delivery to Russia and the slowest parcel delivery UK to Russia is up to 23 days. Your final delivery time will depend, however, on any added time for customs clearance, and this varies depending on the country, what you are sending and whether the recipient has queries about the taxes/duties raised.

The area of Russia you are specifically sending to can also affect the delivery time. This is because certain delivery companies may be unable to fulfil special delivery options to more rural areas of Russia and a couple of days extra is to be assumed. If you have a specific post code at hand when you are finding a quote, this should help give you accurate options.

The size of your parcel will also affect the delivery speed of cheap courier services to Russia. Generally, smaller parcels of 2-5kg are quicker than those which are around 20kg. You should factor this in your cheap parcel delivery to Russia delivery time if you are sending items urgently.

Delivery Prices To Send A Parcel To Russia

Finding a cheap courier to Russia will depend on a variety of factors, such as how many parcels you would like to send, what size your parcels are, what weight they are and whether you wish to add on any extra services such as tracked delivery, signed for delivery or insurance cover for your items. The lowest parcel delivery option starts at under £15 for a 2kg parcel with a longer delivery time and rises to over £50 for a much quicker service. There is a variety of mid-range choices which will help you find cheap courier services to Russia to suit your requirements.

Parcel sizing

Parcel sizing requirements are usually set by individual courier services who offer cheap parcel delivery to Russia. You should double check with your chosen company before you commit to a box and begin packing. However, as a guideline, these are the general sizing specifics for small and large parcels.

  • Small: the height, width, and depth are not to exceed 90cm and no single side should be longer than 60cm
  • Large: the girth and length must not exceed 5m combined and no longer than 2.5m in length

Do note that the usual maximum weight for any one parcel can vary, but generally it’s set to 30kg. If your parcel is larger than this, you will need to send more than one parcel at a time.

Useful Information When Sending A Parcel To Russia

When shipping parcels around the globe, there are several countries where you are required to fill in a customs declaration form as there are restrictions on what you can and can’t bring into a country. You need to remember to fill out your customs declaration for each delivery item so that the customs officers in Russia can see what you are sending and to whom. This is a requirement as you are sending a parcel outside of the EU, and must be completed with all Russia parcel delivery requests.

It’s your responsibility to double check whether the items you are sending are legal, allowed or require any licenses or verification papers before you send. The delivery company will not be held responsible if your item cannot be delivered because it failed to pass customs. You should always include your UK home address on your parcel in the event your parcel can’t be delivered, so it can be returned to you. It’s unlikely a Russia parcel delivery courier service will compensate you for this.

As a guide, here are some examples of both restricted and prohibited items for cheap shipping to Russia.

Prohibited items for parcel delivery to Russia

These items are not allowed under any circumstances, so please view the list below prior to booking your cheap delivery to Russia.

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Printed and audio-visual materials that promote terrorism
  • Pornography
  • Nazi symbols, or symbols alike with Nazi symbols, or symbols which could be mixed with Nazi symbols
  • Ozone-depleting substances (e.g. aerosols)
  • Narcotics
  • Scientology literature, together with literature and DVDs of other non-recognised religious groups within Russia
  • Anything that contains information which could do harm to the economic or political interest of the Russian Federation, its national security, morality and health of its citizens
  • Transceivers and transmitters of any power, except Panasonic radiotelephones, models KX-T 9000, KXT 7980, KX-T 9080 and KT-T 9050

Restricted items for delivery to Russia

The following items may require licenses or verification documents when arranging parcel delivery so please read before you send a parcel to Russia from UK.

  • Foreign currency, including the Eurocheque system forms and guarantee cards for the forms
  • Natural honey
  • No more than 0.8 of a litre of strong alcoholic beverage (over 22%) and 1.5 litres of wine and the cost cannot exceed $100 USD
  • No more than 200 cigarettes and the cost cannot exceed $100 USD
  • Importation of raw products of animal origin
  • Live animals

Extra information for customs

Certificates of origin need to be used for all types of goods and import licenses are usually required for goods which are imported via the private sector. Goods for personal use such as foodstuffs and cosmetics require Russian-issued hygiene certificates and a large number of goods also need a Certificate of Conformity that is issued by a recognised organisation in the UK. Failure to produce this documentation when arranging usually means your item will be undelivered. Customs will not clear any goods where the importer is not registered in Russia.

Addressing your parcel correctly

To ensure your parcel arrives at its final destinations safely, you need to ensure the address is correctly formatted to the country you are sending. Due to Russia’s vast size, postal addressing needs to be quite specific; however, this doesn’t need to be complicated. We also recommend including the phone number of the recipient to help assist the delivery process.

If you require any further assistance or help in searching for a cheap courier to Russia, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced customer service team members who will be happy to help. Start finding the best deals for parcel delivery to Russia from UK today, by visiting Parcel Delivery now.