Many businesses take into consideration entering Russian market. Surely, this makes a lot of sense as this market is one of the quicker growing markets in the whole world.
As many Russian citizens become richer and the middle class appears, they start to look for various products and services, that they were not able to buy a few years before.
Because of that, a lot of new firms are able to find new sales markets as well as loyal clients. However, even though this market offers many possibilities, it also requires lots of Formalities and various certificates. Foreign firm needs to follow certain rules, that might be pretty strict. As Russia is not part the European Union, it has its own various papers as well as certifications which potential exporter has to gain. The main certificate is widely known as Russian gost. See whole news: www.certificator.eu/en/Certification/GOST-R.html.
The word “gost” means “norm” in Russian. Once you understand it, it starts to be quite obvious what are the purpose of this document, that is also called gost r. This is necessary to obtain such certificate by any foreign enterprise which wants to export its products or services to Russia. However, this might be a little confusing, as Russian gost is required just for some kind of products, as for instance materials in contact with human beings, different industrial equipment for food or electrical goods. Additionally, gost r can be issued for several years (usually one or three) or for only 1 time shipment. Get more here: http://www.certificator.eu/en/Certification/GOST-R.html.
Because those formalities are hard to understand for a company that just starts the ”journey” with Russian market, this might be worth to use services of external company that specialises in this area.