Russia Reclassifies iPad To Bypass 5% Import Tax, Some Other Tablets Still Penalized

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Bloomberg notes that the Russian government has reclassified the iPad as a computer, in order to avoid a steep import tax. The story was originally reported [Google Translate] by the Russian newspaper Vedomosti.

    The reason for the tax was because the 3G iPad was considered a GPS-enabled navigation device. With the change, the iPad is now considered a mere computer -- however, many other tablets with GPS capabilities are still subject to the tax.

    Article Link: Russia Reclassifies iPad To Bypass 5% Import Tax, Some Other Tablets Still Penalized
  2. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    It's not a GPS-enabled navigation device any more, just a mere Computer
  3. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I imagine that other manufacturers are going to demand a reclassification of their cellular tablets as well. The idea that a tablet would be considered a "navigation device" in the first place is a bit ridiculous, even if it does include rudimentary GPS.
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    yeah I expect the same. I also am willing to bet Apple put pressure on them for that change because classify the iPad as a GPS navigation device is a joke. Cell phones are much more of a navigation device that any tablet I can think of.
  5. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    You guys apparently have not seen some of the aircraft flight apps, have you.

    iPad with said apps offers better navigation quality then most of the small aircraft, and even a few older big ones, in existence.
  6. Mad-B-One macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2011
    Southern Plains
    This whole tax is probably a promotion tax for the Russian GLONASS, their answer to GPS. There are products out there which use both - like the iPhone 4S. Anyways, putting it on devices which are primarily for other use might convince Russia to excemt them from this tax - especially when every member of their parliament wants an iPad 3 (or 2S or HD or what ever will be called). Now, if Apple pays for using GLONASS anyways (because technically they do), this tax might be seen as obsolete since they now pay fees for that.
  7. TMar macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    The only thing the FAA has approved the ipad for is charts and flight manuals...
  8. LatinGeek macrumors newbie


    Feb 18, 2012
    Nobody ever said anything about FAA-approval.
  9. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    The problem is that it's all of the above and more. It's a more powerful PC with a better display than a couple IBM PCs and a PowerMac that I've owned, a more accurate GPS with better maps than my old handheld GPS, a better camera than my first digital camera, a voice recorder, a guitar tuner, a calendar PDA, an ebook reader, a portable music player, a handheld gaming device, a remote desktop thin-client, a vibration measuring device, a digital clock, ... etc.

    If some government levied a tax on each of the above product categories, they could probably tax an iPad or iPhone at an amount well above what the thing costs.
  10. Mad-B-One macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2011
    Southern Plains
    And that pertains to outside the USA - in particular Russia - how? FAA is national.
  11. G5isAlive macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2003
    um, do you know the Russian Government at all?!

    1) its not about logic, it's about monopolies
    2) demand all you want, nothing will change. just ask Burger King why McDonald's is allowed in Russia but they are not.

    Sorry, just saying if you are looking for logic or rights with the Russian Government then you must be looking for the Easter Rabbit as well. I got some eggs to sell you.
  12. sergey19 macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Actually there are Burger King's in Moscow (they opened a couple of years ago)...
  13. justperry macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    5% import tax is Steep?

    There used to be 20% tax on cars where I am from, now that is steep.
  14. G5isAlive macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2003
    I stand corrected, only took BK 20 years (and still only a few) after the first McDonald's near Red Square . I think my point stands. No one forces Russia to do anything in a timely fashion that Russia does not want to do (for whatever reasons). Or do you disagree with that?
  15. Truffy macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2005
    somewhere outside your window...
    Presumably the tax only applied to the 3G version and not the wifi-only version in the first place?

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