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To return to your home country, prepare to close down your household as previously discussed in the "Before the Departure" article (check in the "Departure" section).

Also prepare your goods to go through customs by making a detailed inventory and secure a proof of change of residence so you may go through customs easier. You will be asked on the plane before you land to declare all of the items that you purchased in Russia. No duty is necessary if the total cost of items taken out from Russia is less than $750 U.S. Items under $75 may be sent duty-free via international mail (over $75 worth costs 60 percent of the customs value of the item). Export permits for artwork and antiques must be obtained from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation prior to the actual customs clearance of your shipment. The customs declaration should be kept up to the end of your stay in Russia, as it may be required for departure formalities.

To export personal belongings there should be no charge. There may be fees in accordance with import duties in your destination country. New (i.e. unused) items in particular are subject to import duties in most countries, as are alcohol and tobacco. If using a shipping company, they should be able to handle most of this paperwork for you.


Related article: Preparing for your move

Update 10/07/2009


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