Surviving Sanctions: The Ultimate Guide for PCB & PCBA Importers in Russia

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Are you a PCB & PCBA importer in Russia grappling with the impact of international sanctions? The sanctions have disrupted traditional supply chains, making it challenging to source these essential components. You might be wondering, “How can I continue my business under these circumstances?”

The key to surviving sanctions as a PCB & PCBA importer in Russia lies in finding reliable partners who can navigate the complexities of the current situation. We at Rowsum have established a long-standing relationship with specialized freight forwarders who offer a range of services, including payment collection and door-to-door delivery. This means that when you choose Rowsum, you can continue to receive and pay for your goods despite the sanctions, without the need to seek out these services on your own.

In this article, we will delve deeper into the impact of sanctions on PCB & PCBA importers in Russia and discuss how Rowsum, in collaboration with our freight forwarding partners, can help you navigate these challenges.

Understanding the Impact of Sanctions

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Navigating the world of PCB & PCBA import in Russia these days feels a bit like sailing in stormy weather, doesn’t it? The geopolitical events involving Ukraine have stirred up the waters, leading to a surge in international restrictions. This has caused some waves in our industry, making it a bit tricky to source essential components like PCB & PCBA. But let’s break down what this really means, and more importantly, how we can sail through it together.

Imagine your supplier network as a well-charted map of reliable ports. You’ve spent years marking these ports, building relationships with suppliers in various countries. When the storm of sanctions hit, some of these ports might have become inaccessible, leaving you to scout for new ones. This isn’t just a detour—it’s also a voyage into the unknown. The new suppliers might not be as reliable or cost-effective as the ones you’re used to.

Then there’s the challenge of navigating the financial currents. Restrictions on financial transactions between certain countries can make it tough to pay your suppliers. This can lead to delays in receiving goods, throwing your production schedules off course.

And of course, there’s the question of costs. The extra time and effort spent on finding new suppliers and figuring out payment solutions can inflate your operational costs. These increased costs can eat into your profit margins, making it harder for your business to stay competitive.

Despite these challenges, the Russian economy has shown resilience. Russian GDP fell just 2.1 percent in 2022, and is forecast by even the cautious IMF to grow in 2023. This resilience is partly due to the swift reaction of the government’s economic bloc, which put restrictions on moving capital and increased the key interest rate to 20 percent, stemming the capital outflow from the banking system. By the end of April, the growth in interest rates on short-term deposits and ban on withdrawing foreign cash had forced Russians to return almost 90 percent of the funds they had withdrawn from their accounts.

However, these measures have also resulted in restrictions on the movement of capital and a shift in trade relations based on geopolitical considerations rather than pragmatic economic interests. This has resulted in Moscow firming up its ties with countries from Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates to Myanmar and African nations.

But here’s the silver lining: We’re all in the same boat. At Rowsum, we understand these challenges because we’re navigating the same stormy seas.

The Power of Partnership: Rowsum and Specialized Freight Forwarders

At Rowsum, we understand that delivering high-quality PCB and PCBA products is only half the battle. The other half is ensuring that these products reach our customers in Russia safely, quickly, and without any hiccups. That’s where our partnership with specialized freight forwarders comes into play.

Fast and Reliable Delivery Times

Our freight forwarders offer a variety of shipping methods to meet different needs. For instance, air freight via the western line takes 5-7 days, while the eastern line takes 12-16 days. This means we can get our products into the hands of our customers in a short amount of time, ensuring that your projects stay on schedule.

Quality Assurance

Every product that leaves our facility undergoes rigorous quality control to ensure that each piece meets the highest standards. Our freight forwarders also provide customs clearance services to ensure smooth transportation of goods. This means you can rest assured that the products you receive are of top-notch quality and have been handled with the utmost care.

1V1 Service

Our freight forwarders offer bilingual customer support services. Whether our customers are domestic or overseas, they can receive the best pre-sale and after-sale service. This means our Russian customers can communicate directly with us in Russian, eliminating any language barriers.

Secure Payment Channels

We have established secure payment channels that bypass these restrictions, ensuring that transactions can be completed smoothly and securely. This means our Russian customers don’t have to worry about their funds being frozen.

Efficient Customs Clearance

Our freight forwarders provide efficient customs clearance services, ensuring that your goods pass through customs smoothly and quickly. This, combined with our fast and reliable delivery times, means we can get our products into the hands of our customers in a short amount of time, eliminating worries about slow, untraceable deliveries or lost packages.

These substantial advantages, combined with our own production strengths, enable us to provide the best service to our customers. We are not just a PCB and PCBA manufacturer; we are your reliable partner in navigating through the challenges of the current situation. With Rowsum, you can continue your operations with confidence, knowing that we have your back.

Figure 2 & 3: Screenshots of successful transactions with our Russian clients

Why Choose Rowsum

Choosing a PCB and PCBA manufacturer is a critical decision that can significantly impact your business operations. At Rowsum, we understand this, and we strive to provide the best possible service to our customers. Below is a real-life example of how Rowsum can help businesses navigate through challenging situations:

A Success Story: Overcoming Obstacles with Rowsum

Meet Alexei, a procurement manager for a tech startup in Moscow. His company was developing a new product that required high-quality PCBs. However, due to the international sanctions, Alexei was facing difficulties in procuring these components.

Alexei had been working with a long-term supplier, but during a recent transaction, the payment was frozen due to the sanctions. This unfortunate incident led to the termination of their business relationship, leaving Alexei in a difficult position.

That’s when a friend introduced Alexei to Rowsum. We assured him that we could deliver high-quality PCBs to his company in Moscow, despite the sanctions. We offered a Cash on Delivery (COD) service for the PCB prototypes, allowing Alexei to pay for the goods only after he had received and inspected them.

A few weeks later, Alexei received the PCBs. He was impressed with the quality of the products and the efficiency of the delivery. His company was able to continue with their product development without any hiccups. Alexei was relieved and grateful. He said, “Choosing Rowsum was the best decision I made. They not only delivered quality products but also provided excellent customer service. I would highly recommend Rowsum to any business facing similar challenges.”

This is just one of the many success stories at Rowsum. We are not just a PCB and PCBA manufacturer; we are your reliable partner in navigating through the challenges of the current situation. With Rowsum, you can continue your operations with confidence, knowing that we have your back.


In the face of international sanctions, businesses in Russia are undoubtedly facing a challenging environment. However, as the saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The key lies in finding the right partners who can navigate through these challenges with you.

At Rowsum, we are committed to providing high-quality PCB and PCBA products to our clients, regardless of the circumstances. Our partnership with specialized freight forwarders and our secure payment channels ensure that we can deliver our products to you efficiently and securely, even in the face of international sanctions.

We invite you to explore our services and see how we can help your business thrive in these challenging times. Visit our PCB Manufacturing, PCB Assembly, and Components Sourcing pages to learn more about what we can offer.

Remember, challenges are just opportunities in disguise. With Rowsum as your partner, you can turn these challenges into opportunities for growth.

For any inquiries or further information, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. We look forward to partnering with you and helping your business succeed.

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