Elena’s extensive expertise in the sphere of customs and administrative law and practical knowledge of foreign exchange matters enable her to maintain an open and effective dialogue with representatives of both the business community and customs authorities of the Russian Federation and of other countries.

Major multinational and domestic companies contact Elena for expert assistance on various matters pertaining to foreign trade, import into and export from Russia.

She has a comprehensive knowledge of the legislation regulating customs value, including internationally. Elena is well acquainted with the methods for confirming the customs value of goods imported in related party transactions and her expertise on inclusion of royalties in the customs value of goods has already helped her numerous clients to justify the customs value of their goods correctly. She is convinced that importers that have concluded licence or other similar agreements are not automatically required to adjust the customs value of relevant goods, unless their importation triggers payment of royalties. Elena’s DDs on transactions and analyses of contracts have resulted in the declared customs value finally being approved by the customs authorities.

Elena has considerable experience and a comprehensive knowledge of proving country of origin of goods, which is particularly important for obtaining customs benefits upon carriage of goods from CIS countries, developing and less developed countries and within the EEU.

Elena is a practising lawyer and, if customs decisions depart from legislative provisions and administrative appeals to the customs against such decisions prove fruitless, she acts for her clients in court, be they individuals or corporates, to get the illegal decisions reversed.

With Elena’s assistance, her clients have succeeded in obtaining lawful decisions on the customs value or classification of goods and recovered customs payments paid or collected in excess. If the customs authorities fail to act or infringe on the rights of our clients, Elena will succeed in obtaining a correct and lawful decision.

Assisted by Elena, her clients successfully challenge unlawful resolutions of the customs and foreign exchange controlling authorities on holding their companies administratively liable.

Acting for right-owners, Elena uses her knowledge and experience to protect the Russian market against counterfeit products.

Elena Belozerova was selected by peers as one of the best lawyers in Russia in the fields of Customs and Excise Law, Trade Law, according to the Best Lawyers in Russia 2009-2020 Editions.

WHO’S WHO of Trade & Customs Lawyers 2016 highly recommends Elena Belozerova as one of the leading lawyers in Russia.

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