The Russian Federal Customs Service is seeking to obtain authorization from the government to inspect parcels entering the country for the presence of counterfeit products purchased through foreign online stores, according to Sergey Shklyaev, director of the trade restrictions department of the Customs Service.

Shoes and clothes are the biggest segment of online trade in Russia, accounting for 36 percent of the orders Russians place with foreign online stores, the Customs Service estimated. These products are frequently found to be counterfeit. In 2019, 9 million items purchased hrough non-Russian online stores were discovered to be fakes, primarily shoes, clothes, and children toys.