export licenses were issued to the participants of foreign economic activities in 2016 through the regional network of the REC Group
In the future, the possibility will be explored of ensuring greater participation of the REC in the functions performed and services provided by the state, as well the issue on new introducing new types of subsidies for the exporters. These issues will be considered together with the interested federal agencies of the Russian Federation.
The current activities of the REC Group in terms of subsidies provision include managing the recovery of expenses for the following:
For certain state functions, the REC conducts expert reviews required for issuing export licenses to Russian companies. In 2016, due to the efforts of the regional network of the REC, a total of 167 licenses were issued to the participants of foreign economic activities.
|Decree of the of the Russian government||Number of
of subsidies, million RUB
|Volume of exports
supported, million RUB
|Decree 905 of 10 September 2016 “On the allocation of subsidies from the federal budget to automobile manufacturers to compensate for part of the expenses for transportation, homologation and verification of the products’ conformity to international standards, as well as for participation in international organizations”||25||2,058||23,900|
|Decree 957 of 23 September 2016 “On the allocation of subsidies from the federal budget to agricultural engineering organizations to compensate for part of the expenses for transportation, homologation and verification of the products’ conformity to international standards”||7||175||2,799|
|Decree 1388 of 17 December 2016 “On the allocation of subsidies from the federal budget to the manufacturers of high tech products to compensate for part of the expenses for transportation, homologation and verification of the products’ conformity to international standards”||32||132||764 [i]|
|Decree 1368 of 17 December 2016 “On the allocation of subsidies from the federal budget to the Russian manufacturers to finance part of the expenses for the registration of intellectual property items in the external markets”||6||41||нет данных|
As a single institution for the support and development of non-commodity exports, the REC is responsible for coordinating the efforts on creating a favorable export-oriented environment. The REC coordinates two priority projects — “System measures for the development of international cooperation and export” and “International cooperation and export in industry”, and has actively participated in another project titled “Exports of agricultural products”.
Another priority of the REC in terms of the said function is to reduce excessive administrative barriers and, consequently, improve exporter satisfaction with the exporting rules.
The efforts of the REC Group in these areas are aimed at increasing the following indicators by 2019:
An important focus area in the activities of the REC Group is the development of proposals on updating and improving the regulatory and legal framework in the sphere of export support. In 2016 a total of 36 regulatory legal acts in the sphere of export controls were passed with the participation of the REC Group, including legal acts on the allocation of subsidies to compensate for a part of the costs related to transportation and homologation of products, and on the provision of subsidized loans for high tech export-oriented enterprises, etc.
Providing analytical and methodological foundations for the reduction of excessive administrative barriers
Improving customs clearance procedures
Improving the procedure of verifying the applicability of zero rate and VAT refund
Improving the exchange control procedure
Improving the procedure of executing exports documentation
Streamlining the procedures for state regulation of exports
Eliminating excessive charges for crossing border checkpoints
The REC has also participated in the development of the “International cooperation and export in industry” priority program [i], consolidating the agenda of the Russian government in terms of initiatives aimed to increase exports.
In addition, the REC Group has contributed to:
The concept of REC Group’s regional development contemplates establishment of own and partner points of presence in the regions of Russia. 11 REC Group’s own regional unites were opened in 2016 on the base of local authorities of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. The expansion of presence in other regions is planned to be carried out by signing partnership agreements with regional export support centers, local chambers of commerce and industry, regional units of public organizations and business associations. In 2017, REC Group plans to create partner points of presence in 15 regions of the Russian Federation. By the end of 2018, it is planned to create at least 35 points of presence in 25 regions.
Key tasks for the partners:
REC Group’s own regional units not only give advice the clients can pick from REC Group’s product catalog, but also conduct due diligence of documents as may be necessary to obtain the export licenses for certain goods under the agreement with the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. Such regional offices liaise with the regional executive authorities and business community on the matters of exports development and exporter support.
Companies exporting certain goods now have an opportunity to file the application for the export license and the relevant package of documents through REC Group and its regional units. The regional offices conduct the due diligence of the documents send the expert report through the automated information system to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. Once the decision is made to issue the license, the REC Group’s regional office issues the license on paper. Since their creation (November–December 2016), REC Group’s regional offices have assisted the exporters with obtaining 167 licenses for exports of certain types of goods.
to raise awareness of potential and existing exporters of opportunities and features of exports operations;
to improve the qualification of employees of the regional export support infrastructure and representatives of the relevant governmental authorities.
In order to fulfill this task, REC launched in April 2016 the educational project for small and medium-sized businesses who are interested in developing their export potential. The training program combines the best practices from leading Russian experts in foreign economic activity and international experience.
In order for the knowledge system to be formed consistently, the educational program is divided into courses and offers a modular educational format. A participant of REC’s Educational Project can undergo the training across the whole program or study separate courses divided into topical units. Further, the trainees can choose an educational format which suits them best — on-site or distance training. Today, the training is offered on a free-of-charge basis.
Specialized educational portal www.ExportEdu. ru was launched for the sake of convenience. It solves three key tasks: information sharing, education and liaison.
The REC’s training program covers all spheres of export operations and includes studies of real export cases, clarifications of the legislative framework and state support measures.
The project is based on such key principles as relevance of the offered content which is generated from continuous work with leading experts and high quality of education maintained owing to the feedback from the trainees.
Introduction to exports: export project lifecycle. State support to export-oriented enterprises
Effective marketing for exporters
Business communications in exports
Legal support of exports
Document support of exports
Customs clearance of exports
Logistics in exports
Key events in 2016 around promotion and expansion of REC’s Educational Project:
|Information and educational support||Plan||Actual||Completed, %|
|Number of developed export training courses||8||8||100 %|
|Number of conducted export training courses||8||8||100 %|
|Number of attested trainees||20||45||225 %|
|Number of SMEs representatives trained by coaches in regions under REC’s training courses||720||1,182||164 %|
|Number of developed training courses||8||8||100 %|
|Number of remote trainees for the period||2,000||3,400||170 %|