Restrictive Requirements for Imports

Country Content Sections/Tabs

Country Content Sections/Tabs

Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Ministry of Agriculture

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Ministry of Agriculture
Address: 1/11 Orlikov Pereulok, Moscow 107139
Telephone/fax: (495) 607-80-00; (495) 607-83-62

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

On June 29, 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Decree #305, extending the ban on certain imported foods from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Lichtenstein until the end of 2017.  The products banned include beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood products, fruits and nuts, vegetables, and some sausages and most prepared foods. Organic baby food is exempt from the ban.

On November 6, 2014, the last updated version of the Federal Law “On Production of Organic Products” was published on the official website for public comments. See the GAIN Reports in Additional Information below for more details and unoffical translations of key documents.

Date of Implementation: 2013

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

The draft law defines organic products, where its main feature is compliance with the requirements of national or international standards of organic agricultural products. Manufacture of organic products encompasses growing, manufacturing, and processing of agricultural raw materials and food. The regulations also cover imported products.

Certification and Accreditation


To label a product as organic, the product would need to document one of the following:

The national standard for organic agricultural products (provisional national standard for organic agricultural products), An international standard for organic agricultural products or the standard for organic agricultural products of the foreign state registered in the Federal Information Fund of Technical Regulations and Standards, A foreign or Russian certification system for organic products. Organic products are certified in accordance with the requirements of the laws of the Russian Federation on technical regulation. Assessment to confirm that agricultural products conform to the specified documents is carried out voluntarily based on the agreement between agricultural producers and certification authorities in accordance with the laws on technical regulation.

Additional Information

USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Russia Extended Food Import Ban Through End 2021 (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Russia Extended Food Import Ban through End 2020 (2019)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Organic Baby Food Inputs Excluded from Russian Food Ban (2016)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2021)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2021)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Retail Foods (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Exporter Guide (2021)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Food Processing Ingredients (2020)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation National Organic Standard Terms and Definitions Approved (2015)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Draft Law of Organic Production Announced (2014)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation Draft National Standard for Organic Production Announced (2014)
USDA’S GAIN Report Russian Federation New Draft Organic Regulations Available for Public Comments (2014)





Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is the aggregation of organic packaged food and beverages, fortified/functional packaged food and beverages, naturally healthy packaged food and beverages, better for you packaged food and beverages and food intolerance products.

Organic packaged foods and beverages

This category includes packaged food & beverages that are certified organic by an approved certification body. Organic production is based on:

• A system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
• Organic food & beverages are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
• The use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) is prohibited. “Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations.
• Depending on the country, such products are called ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’: For organic products to be included under Euromonitor definitions, the organic aspect needs to form part of positioning/marketing of the product. This is an aggregation of organic baby food, bakery, confectionery, dairy, ice cream, oils and fats, ready meals, rice, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soups, spreads, sweet and savory snacks and other organic food.

Note that fresh food products or individual ingredients are not included in this definition.

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is the average annual growth rate over a specified period of time. For instance, the CAGR consumption of from 2018 – 2021 will be the average growth rates across these three years.

USDA GATS data clarification

The data presented in table 2.4 represents the dollar values of the top 5 organic commodities as well as of the total organic exports of the trade partner for the period 2018-2021 as per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System, a database consisting of international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.


How to use this website

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) brings the US organic industry to developing markets around the world. This database is a comprehensive tool for OTA membership interested in participating in or expanding international trade in organic products by providing information to understand international markets for organic products. Select the country you wish to export to and find out whether it has an agreement with the United States, who its certifiers are, and much more.

Cover page