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  • Navigating the Russian permitting maze


    Vladimir Ovcharov and Tatiana Apatovskaya

    Russia is the world’s second-largest producer and exporter of oil and therefore an attractive area for global investors and exporters of oilfield equipment. However, goods imported into Russia are liable to various national certifications and other permitting systems. They must be approved by the relevant Russian authorities in terms of compliance with national standards and rules, mostly focusing on safety characteristics. Thus, even if a product is well-known throughout the world and recognized as safe in the EU or any other country, the manufacturer still has to prove that it complies with Russian requirements, in accordance with Russian methodology. The availability of some conformity certificates may only facilitate the procedure of obtaining the appropriate Russian approvals, but this certificate alone would not be sufficient to cross the Russian border and to commission the installation in Russian territory. To operate hazardous industrial facilities or equipment in the Russian Federation,

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