Vladimir Tchikine

Partner, Customs and International Trade

Vladimir specialises in the corporate, exchange, customs and indirect tax aspects of business law. He advises on a broad range of customs regulatory issues, including customs value assessment and confirmation; documentary evidence of origin of goods; classification of goods; identification of the most advantageous customs treatment for imports and exports and on various foreign exchange regulation matters.

Vladimir possesses extensive experience of developing and providing legal support for industrial equipment imports into Russia; identification of customs risks stemming from import and export of goods. He also provides practical assistance with drafting the documents required for completion of customs formalities, including foreign trade contracts and commercial and accompanying documents.

He has positive experience of working with the customs authorities, including the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, in relation to the application of benefits to foreign investors and the resolution of disputes relating to excessive payment of customs duties and release from those duties.

He possesses extensive experience of successfully appealing against actions and decisions of the customs and foreign exchange control authorities both in courts and through administrative bodies.

Vladimir is one of several Russian lawyers having experience of acting for clients in special safeguard and anti-dumping investigations in both Russia and the Customs Union.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is a member of the Subcommittee for Strategic Innovations in the Auto Industry established as part of the Russian CCI Committee for Entrepreneurship in the Auto Industry.

Vladimir was named Trade Law Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers 2018, 2020 Edition) and Customs Law Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers 2014-2015 and 2019 Edition). For several years running, The Legal 500 EMEA also highly recommends Vladimir Tchikine, while Chambers Europe 2017 notes: "Vladimir Tchikine is a notable customs expert, described as "one of the most prominent" lawyers in customs-related matters. He advises clients on regulatory as well as contentious issues."

Track Record

Listed below are some of the projects that Vladimir has led or participated in:

  • Represented John Deere Agricultural Holding Limited, John Deere Rus LLC and Case New Holland in a special safeguard investigation by the Customs Union Commission in relation to combine grain harvesters and their power modules. Legal assistance in GR-support for the project.
  • Advised an international automobile group on appealing against anti-dumping duties introduced by the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission for light commercial vehicles.
  • Defended international chemical companies in court challenging preliminary BTIs relating to classification of imported goods.
  • Defended a major home appliances manufacturer in court against the customs authorities refusing to refund overpaid customs duties and ensured such duties were refunded. It was proved that absence of confirmation of the imported goods purpose on the date of importation would not deprive the declarant of the right to have the excess customs duties refunded.
  • Advised and acted for a leading glass company and an electrical equipment manufacturer in relation to importation and certification of equipment.
  • Advised and acted for a major international producer of agricultural machinery in a project relating to manufacturing agricultural machinery in Russia.
  • Acted for a major European food producer in customs and court disputes to appeal against customs authority actions to enforce customs payments; ensured refunding of overcharged duties.
  • Successfully handled a litigation by the Russian arm of a major international oil services company against customs authority decisions on classifying goods and upwardly assessing customs payments; the court ruling on this case appeared as a welcome precedent for many foreign trade companies importing similar goods.
  • Acted for major pharm companies in public discussions of customs rates for certain medicines. Within the scope of the project, Vladimir managed to persuade the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission not to increase tariff rates for new medical products since this would have been inconsistent with Russia’s WTO obligations.
  • Acted for a Russian logistics company in a dispute with customs authorities on tariff classification of technological equipment for an oil refining complex.