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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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346 REDUCTION, &с., OF CUSTOMS DUTIES. P. ix., Сн. п..

1. An inventory of all the articles to be sent to Russia. The
local chief police officer must certify that the articles are petitioner’s
household property and have been used by him. The chief police
officer’s signature must be attested by a Russian State Consul, and
a copy of the inventory left at the Consulate. This certificate can
also be given by Russian Embassies, Missions and Consulates.

2. Two Russian stamps of the value of i rouble each, or 2 roubles
in Russian money.

3. A certificate from the local chief police officer, or other foreign
officials, to the effect that the petitioner has given up his residence
and is proceeding to Russia. This certificate must also be attested
by a Russian State Consul, and a copy of it left at the Consulate.
It may also be given by Russian officials including State Consuls.
In a case where a foreign lady has married a Russian subject, the
certificate of marriage replaces the above certificate.1 Russian
subjects must enclose, in place of this certificate, one issued by the State
Consul, mentioning the date when the petitioner left Russia (which
date is shown in his passport) and certifying that he has lived abroad
for two years or more. The petition must state the particular Russian
custom house to which the articles are to be sent, so that they may
be inspected by the officials, and must give the address to which the
petitioner desires the reply to be sent. The reply is communicated
by the Customs Department of the Russian Ministry of Finance to
the Russian Consul in whose district the petitioner resides, usually
with a notification that the reduction of customs duties, as mentioned
in the Article referred to, will only be granted for property which, on
rigorous inspection, is found to have been in use. Articles to which
an appearance of wear has been given without their having really
been in use are subject to the ordinary duty.

The applicant does not require to wait for the reply of the Ministry
to his petition, as the frontier authorities indicated in the petition
are directly instructed by the Ministry of Finance.

The Minister of Finance has the right to permit the conveyance
of foreign goods free of duty through Russia in all directions, with
the exception of goods in transit to Persia by way of the
Trans-caucasian Provinces.2 He has also the right, at his discretion, to
pass, free of duty, articles intended for the use of the Red Cross Society,
for benevolent societies, for the use of the Church, for Government
and Communal establishments and also for private persons, on
condition that the amount of duty thus remitted does not exceed the sum
of 5,000 roubles per annum.3 In order to obtain the benefit of these
reductions it is necessary to address a petition to the Russian Minister
of Finance, enclosing two Russian stamps of the value of 1 rouble
each, and to indicate the address to which the petitioner desires the
reply to be sent.

Actors and actresses newly engaged abroad by the management
of the Imperial theatres are permitted to bring with them on their
first visit, free of duty, dresses, articles of personal adornment and
other articles for the toilet or stage. Each female artiste is allowed

1 Circulars of the II. Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of 9th March 1906, No. 2800 ; and of 6th November 1912, No. 14,505.

2 Svod Zakonov, Vol. VI., Ed. 1893, Art. 4. 3 Ibid., Art. 5.


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