Friday, January 24, 2014

Apple Sues Russian Customs Agency Over Import Duties

Apple’s Russian distribution arm, Apple Rus, is suing the customs agency over import duties on the iMac.  Apple Rus's claim stems from a customs' decision to introduce a 6% duty on the iMac.  Prior to fall of 2013, Apple had declared the iMac under customs code 8471 49, which denotes industrial equipment necessary for knowledge-based economic development (and does not require import duties).  Several months ago, however, Apple reregistered the iMac under the category of all-in-one computers and laptops (which stipulates a 6% customs duty).  According to Gartner, an information technology research and advisory company, in mid-2013 Apple held 3% of the shrinking Russian PC market, which is dominated by HP (12%) and Lenovo (10%).

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