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Alexander specialises in customs law, currency law and foreign trade regulation, including the WTO rules. For over 18 years he has been providing legal assistance to clients with respect to structuring transactions and business models taking into account foreign trade regulation, possible changes of rates of customs duties, customs value, classification of goods for customs purposes, applying customs benefits and preferences, using simplified customs procedures, currency control, technical regulation, protective measures, subsidies. He also handles challenges to the decisions of the customs authorities in pre-trial and in court proceedings, as well as challenging regulations, including before the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union.

His main achievements

Alexander's professional background has involved defending clients in more than 300 cases in which he has acted for major Russian and foreign companies.

Alexander’s major projects include:
  • developing a regulation regarding the regime of ‘industrial assembly’ for major car manufacturers and assisting 6 companies in entering into contracts;
  • identifying a code according to the Commodity Classification for Foreign Trade with a zero rate of import duty for the manufacturing of cars;
  • owing to the documents he had prepared confirming that the relationship did not influence the price of goods, we managed, at the pre-trial stage, to remove the claims of the customs authorities regarding a significant reduction in purchase prices resulting from transfer of supply from independent distributors to the client’s Russian subsidiary;
  • successfully representing a major Russian manufacturer when challenging in a commercial (‘arbitration’) court a decision of the customs disallowing the application of customs benefit in the amount around USD 20,000,000.
Alexander Kosov is a member of the Expert Advisory Board for the implementation of customs policy at the Russian Federal Customs Service.
He has been awarded with the anniversary ’25 years of the Federal Customs Services’ medal ‘For actively participating in promoting the best customs traditions ’. 

What they say

The lawyers dig deep to find issues that play a role in the mandate. The team is flexible and understands clients' needs (Chambers Europe).

Publications

10.06.2020
Protecting tenants of commercial property against the backlash from the covid-19 pandemic in russia and abroad
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04.06.2020
Pepeliaev Group has been again recognised as Law Firm of the Year for Tax Law according to Best Lawyers™ 2021*
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16.04.2020
Pepeliaev Group presents TerraLex’s cross-border guide to mining rights
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