As of 1992, Russian law made it mandatory for a wide range of products bound for the Russian Federation to be tested and certified in accordance with national GOST standards. As of 2010, the Customs Union (CU) was created between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belorus, and a new common standard was introduced which is based on Technical Regulations (TR).

The new CU TR system is comprised of both Declarations of Conformity and Certificates of Conformity, each with their own conditions. There are several Technical Regulations you may have to comply with, of which the main ones (in the industrial field) are:

TR 004 : LVE

TR 010 : mechanical

TR 012 : Ex

TR 020 : EMC

TR 032 : pressure

The new CU TR documents replace the former GOST R, RTN ‘Permit to Use’, and GOST Ex certificates. It is essential for you to involve an experienced certification company who can guide you in finding the best solution for your specific situation.

The main steps in obtaining the CU TR certification are as follows:

1. The client exporting to either country of the Customs Union asks us to determine the applicable certification. The client is to provide us with the following information:

Exact description, name, type, and composition of product

Type of required certification (single shipment or type certification)

Quantity of product, in the case of a single shipment

Name and particulars of product manufacturer

Operating instructions, if applicable

Customs code of product

The applicable procedure and our subsequent offer will be given to the client for their review and approval.

2. We evaluate the quality of the product and review test reports and other documentation according to the relevant CU TR standards. In most cases, no physical inspection nor testing is required. In some cases, an audit may be required by a body of experts approved by the Customs Union. If that is required, we will handle the entire audit.

3. Issuing of the required certification.

4. Product passes customs without delay or problems and may be taken into operation or sold to consumers at the final destination.


For measuring equipment used in the Customs Union, a Metrology certificate is compulsory. This so-called ‘Pattern Approval’ can be issued for any kind of measuring equipment. Internationally recognized certification currently exists which facilitates the issuing of a Metrology certificate.

With over 20 years’ experience in this kind of certification, CIS Commodity Inspection Services offer a fast and reliable service with a strong focus on industrial applications in the gas & oil and chemical industries.

Since the CU TR Certification Services turned out to be a unique field of knowledge and our clientele in this specific business line increased significantly in the past years, the management of CIS has decided to establish CIS Certification BV in November 2016. A sister company of CIS Commodity Inspection Services BV, focusing on fast, reliable and seamless CU TR Certification Services related to industrial applications in the gas-, oil and chemical industry.