Getting Started

Exporting to Russia

President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Russia. In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Russia’s export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

Following are some practical suggestions for getting started. Please check the latest Country Commercial Guide for Russia for more suggestions.

Visit the page on Russia to get an overview of export opportunities and strategies to enter the Russian market. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

The Library Includes:

  • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In Russia” guides)
  • Industry Overviews
  • Market Updates
  • Multilateral Development Bank Reports
  • Best Markets
  • Industry/Regional Reports

Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Russia. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You.

Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia or the U.S.-Russia Business Council.

Agricultural Exports to Russia

If you are interested in exporting U.S. agricultural products to Russia please see the Exporter Guide (PDF 796 KB) and Market Opportunities for Key U.S. Products in Russia (PDF 1.5 MB).  For additional information please visit the USDA website or email the Office of Agricultural Affairs/USDA at the U.S. Embassy.

Investing in Russia

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Russia.

Potential investors: Getting Started.

If you are considering investment in Russia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current investors: Staying Connected.

If you are a current U.S. investor in Russia, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

Working in Russia

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Russia, check the entry requirements on our Country Specific Information page for Russia. Please also visit the website for the Russian Embassy to the United States.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current list of countries that have a State Department travel advisory


Legislation passed by Congress that authorized the President to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations to Russia and Moldova requires the Secretary of Commerce to establish and maintain a phone hotline and secure website for U.S. entities, and to report to Congress, on instances of bribery, attempted bribery and other forms of corruption in the Russian Federation.

Individuals and companies that wish to report instances of bribery or corruption that impact, or potentially impact their operations, and to request the assistance of the United States Government with respect to issues relating to issues of corruption may call the Russia Corruption Reporting hotline at (202) 482-7945, or submit the form provided at

Every effort will be made to protect the confidentiality of the information provided.


The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found here.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.