Apple fans in Russia will be able to buy the latest series of iPhone 14 despite the company halting sales in the country, as Apple withdrew from Russia in March of this year after the Russia-Ukrainian war that began on February 24.
And although Apple won’t ship the iPhone 14 series to Russia itself, potential customers in the country still have a chance to buy the latest iPhones, thanks to Moscow’s parallel import scheme, where a senior government official confirmed that the iPhone 14 series will be covered by this program, according to a report published Reuters news agency, Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov said, “Why not?” If consumers want to buy these phones, yes, there will be an opportunity.”
Russia announced the scheme earlier this year when it allowed retailers to import products from abroad without the trademark owner’s permission, in this case Apple. MacBooks and other Apple merchandise are available in Russian stores where retailers sell their leftover stock of older models and get newly released devices through the import scheme.
What is the import scheme
In late March, Russia allowed retailers to import products from abroad without the trademark owner’s permission, and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said in a televised speech while announcing the scheme, “This approach will ensure that goods are shipped to our country … despite the unfriendly actions of foreign politicians.” The goods that can be imported into Russia under this scheme are determined by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), which has prepared draft regulations on parallel imports, said that the measure “will develop competition between brands by increasing the number of companies importing goods into Russia, which will lead to a decrease in retail prices for these goods.”