Cross-border e-commerce between China and Russia: status quo, risks and institutional arrangements

GONG Yanhua1

(1.Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce of China)

【Abstract】With the continuous development of the digital economy, cross-border e-commerce between China and Russia, as a new type of trade mode, is booming between China and Russia with increasingly larger scale, faster speed and wider range, which has attracted high attention from the political and commercial circles of the two countries. On the basis of generally promising market prospects, the original price advantage, logistics advantage and cost advantage of China’s cross-border e-commerce may be gradually lost due to the recent adjustment of Russia’s tax policy, and the policy risk, payment risk and logistics risk will gradually increase. In order to make cross-border e-commerce become a new path and new way of “going global” for China’s manufacturing industry, not only is it necessary for China and Russia to devote themselves to services in customs clearance, logistics, and finance, but the two sides should also see that cross-border e-commerce has become a “touchstone” for the China-Russia free trade. The two sides need to support it with institutional arrangements, strengthen the orderly promotion of policies, and lay a solid foundation for the long-term sustainable and healthy development of China-Russia trade.

【Keywords】 cross-border e-commerce; China-Russia trade ; institutional arrangements;


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(Translated by SU Fang)


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CN: 10-1111/D

Vol , No. 02, Pages 123-138+158

April 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Status quo and the future of cross-border e-commerce between China and Russia
  • 2 Reasons for the rapid development of cross-border e-commerce between China and Russia
  • 3 Major risks in the future development of cross-border e-commerce between China and Russia
  • 4 Evaluation of cross-border e-commerce
  • 5 Recommendations on promoting the healthy development of cross-border e-commerce between China and Russia
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