Russia may impose duty on mobile phones
Thus, the state wants to deal with stolen devices and smuggling.
The Federation Council has prepared a bill to create a database of phones that are allowed or prohibited to operate with cellular networks in Russia. Each mobile device will be registered by its IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity).
According to the senators, this will solve the problem of illegal import, as well as thefts.
Non-registered, stolen phones that have non-unique IMEI, as well as those devices that do not have IMEI, will not be able to operate within the networks of Russian operators. The duty of registration is supposed to be imposed on importers, manufacturers, and also individuals who purchase phones abroad. It is reported that the registration fee should not exceed 100 rubles ($1.5).
Lawmakers cite global practice. In our country, this measure can be introduced in 2023.
Shortly, the bill is planned to be submitted to the State Duma. Also, relevant ministries and departments have already supported it.
Recall, the Russian authorities returned to the idea of regulating the turnover of mobile phones by controlling IMEI back in 2017. At the beginning of 2018, the Association of E-commerce Companies (ACIT) developed the concept of regulating mobile devices in Russia using IMEI numbers. It is assumed that it will be possible to import no more than one device per year free of charge. When importing the second device, the subscriber is asked to charge a fee of $20, and each subsequent - $30.
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