Restrict Samsung and LG
The Ministry of Digital Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade are discussing a ban on parallel imports of smartphones and other mobile devices from South Korean companies Samsung and LG. A statement about this on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) was made by the head of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Maksut Shadayev, the Interfax agency wrote. parallel import of smartphones, Samsung and LG mobile devices, because there are Chinese counterparts that are not inferior in any way,” the minister said.
countries without the permission of the copyright holder of “heavy computer equipment” – servers and data storage systems (DSS) – from unfriendly countries. According to him, at present, parallel imports for such equipment are not prohibited. The ban may be introduced if there are competitive Russian analogues. Equipment from American HP and IBM may be subject to the restriction.
Shadayev did not name the exact timing of the introduction of the restriction. According to him, the idea has just begun to work out. At the same time, he noted that the approval of the decision would not take much time.
Apple will leave
As the head of the ministry stressed, the authorities are not discussing a ban on parallel imports of American Apple products. We are talking only about “those positions for which there are effective competitive analogues – either Russian or from friendly countries.”
exclusion of smartphones from Apple from the list for parallel import. However, there is a question of using this technique in areas that are in the area of responsibility of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
The reason why the ban on these phones could be introduced was spyware attacks. They were reported to the FSB on June 2. According to the security service, experts have identified a reconnaissance action by American intelligence agencies, in which several thousand telephones were involved.
From 1.3 thousand to 300
Samsung and Apple suspended deliveries of their products to Russia in March 2022. LG completely curtailed the production of smartphones back in July 2021, unable to withstand competition with Samsung, Apple, Chinese Xiaomi.
Shortly after the suspension of the import of these smartphones, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that allows the import of devices to the country by parallel import. The document freed businesses from liability for importing goods without the permission of the copyright holder.
The list of goods allowed for parallel import is updated periodically. For example, in March 2023, household appliances from the Italian Zanussi, German Wahl and toys from the American Hasbro and Japanese Nintendo were added to it.
300 positions, and now only 300. He explained the reduction in the nomenclature by the saturation of the market with Russian products. parallel import of some computer equipment. We are talking in particular about the exclusion from the list of products of Taiwanese Asus and Acer, American Dell and Cisco.