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iPhones will be transported to Russia without permission from Apple

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The President of OPORA RUSSIA talks about how the authorities will replace Western brands and whether the shuttles will return.

The decision of the Russian government to legalize parallel imports will allow importing of iPhones and other gadgets subject to sanctions into Russia without the permission of the copyright holders. The supply of foreign brands to Russia will be arranged through China and other countries, Alexander Kalinin, President of the Public Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Business OPORA RUSSIA, said in an interview with URA.RU. According to him, domestic businessmen are already agreeing on the supply of “sanctions” from Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and India.

  • The Government of the Russian Federation legalized parallel imports – the importation of goods into the country without the permission of the copyright holder. This mechanism was already used in the 1990s. How did he work then?
  • In 1990-2000, everything was simple in Russia: entrepreneurs traveled to Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, bought products, for example, Gucci and sold them in the Russian Federation. But multinational companies have ensured that goods are supplied only with the permission of the brand owner. Violators were threatened with a fine of up to 4 million rubles.

What does allowing parallel imports mean now?

  • Branded goods can be purchased much more profitable in other countries, brought to Russia, and it will be cheaper than ordering from an authorized dealer. The classic example is the iPhone. Apple has four of its six factories in China.

You can buy iPhones from Chinese intermediaries cheaper than from official dealers and bring them to Russia.

In total, there are about 200 brands on the list of allowed imports. But there should be more.

  • That is, with the help of parallel imports, it is possible to fully compensate for the refusal of manufacturers to supply the products that they imported earlier?

“We believe that parallel imports are a worthy response to such rudeness as a ban on the import of certain goods that violates consumer rights. Parallel imports are salvation for Russians.

If earlier transnational companies were forced to import products only through their own channels and through their dealers, now small businesses can work in these niches. I hope this fills the shelves in stores and puts prices back in place. And the cost of some goods increased by 50%.

Prices have risen, among other things, due to problems in logistics. The cost rises due to risks, queues at the borders with Europe and Asia, in which you have to stand for three to five days.

  • What is it connected with?
  • European countries have introduced a total inspection – they put frames everywhere – and a ban for our carriers. In this situation, Russian entrepreneurs are looking for other ways of delivery – through Asia, the Caucasus, the Far East. The situation is aggravated by the fact that another wave of coronavirus is in China. Strict covid restrictions have been introduced and some factories in Shanghai and Beijing are not working. Many people are in quarantine, they are simply not at work. The pandemic slowed down the customs clearance of goods.

— China is not afraid of secondary sanctions?

  • Specific companies are afraid. And the country itself is self-sufficient. For example, Huawei makes servers and delivers them to Europe. Of course, she said that she would not supply her products to the Russian Federation. But next to Huawei there is a company, let’s say Muawei, that does the same thing. In China, there is high competition, the Chinese are enterprising, and someone, having worked for Huawei, opens the same factory, but under a different brand, produces about the same thing and is ready to deliver goods to Russia.

Mahadi Hassan is the OopsTop best article writer of Heaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or co-author of two Websites, Mahadi has sold 12 million copies since 2006. He worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine.

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