A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Conditions for exports. A survey of exporters

The survey was conducted in November 2017. It covered about 1,300 companies from 50 regions of Russia, representing three groups of exporters: producers who export their own products; trade companies who export goods produced by other companies; consulting and transportation companies.

According to the results of the survey, 22% of respondents believe that the conditions for exports in Russia improved in 2017; the most significant improvements are seen in implementing electronic document flow. The factors that affect the assessments the most strongly are: procedures for placing goods under customs treatment, foreign exchange control procedures, and the level of Russian infrastructure used for exports. Negative assessments are mostly linked to e-document flow issues and to railway and road transportation tariffs (40% and 37% of respondents, respectively, stated that these conditions had deteriorated).

Producing companies generally give better assessments of the overall changes in the export environment in Russia: 24% give positive answers against 16% for trading companies. The differences are mainly related to foreign exchange controls and the transportation infrastructure. Companies in the food industry and in the FMCG give the most optimistic answers about the overall changes in the conditions for exports. Negative assessments are mainly found in the metallurgical industry.

The most common problems mentioned by the exporters are lengthy customs procedures, shortage of freight cars, low awareness about the available mechanisms of state support for exporters, and the complicated procedure of confirming zero VAT rate for exports.

As for the structure of expenditure in Russian exporting companies in 2017, the greatest amount of resources, expressed in both time and money, was spent on customs clearance formalities. Certificates for country of origin require considerable expense too, but they usually take less time.

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