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Doing Business in Russia

Exporting to Russia

President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI)  two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. U.S. embassy and consulates are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Russia. In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Russia’s export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

Following are some practical suggestions for getting started. Please check the latest Country Commercial Guide for Russia for more suggestions.

  1. Visit the export.gov page on Russia to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

    The Library Includes:
    • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In Russia” guides)
    • Industry Overviews
    • Market Updates
    • Multilateral Development Bank Reports
    • Best Markets
    • Industry/Regional Reports

Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Russia. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You 

Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia or the U.S.-Russia Business Council.

Make use of business matchmaking services.

Investing in Russia

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Russia.

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Russia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Russia, the U.S Consulate wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Consulate
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
  • Set up a meeting with our Political/Economic Officer  to discuss any issues that arise

Working in Russia

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Russia, check the entry requirements on our Country Specific Information page for Russia. Please also visit the website for the Russian Embassy to the United States.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current list of countries that have a State Department travel advisory http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.

More information on the DOJ opinion procedure

Contact Us

Consulate:  Phone: +7 (423) 230 00 70
Consulate:  Fax: +7 (423) 249 93 71, 249 93 72

Political/Economic Officer
Elizabeth MacDonald
MacdonaldE@state.gov

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