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Why should our company join AmCham?

AmCham: Looking out for your business interests

The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia is the leading and most influential foreign business organization in the Russian Federation, representing over 750 firms. With its Moscow headquarters, St. Petersburg Regional office and representative in Washington, D.C., the Chamber effectively advocates the trade and investment interests of its members.

Membership Benefits

·        Proven effective channel to convey general membership’s views to U.S. and Russian government and parliament officials, presidential administrations and business decisions makers.

 

·        Legislative & Governmental Information, including:

- Important new laws enacted

- Tracking of legislation under Duma consideration

- Fast and accurate dissemination of current business and political news

- Position Papers

 

·        Advocacy/intelligence for member companies on difficult situations encountered in Russia – especially valuable in the current politically sensitive times.

  

·        Policy consulting, issue analysis and resolution on behalf of individual member companies on the local, regional and federal level.

 

·        Contacts and networking opportunities, in particular:

- Government and Сhamber member contact information for Moscow and the regions;

- Participation in the following events held by the Chamber, including:

Included in the membership fee:

- Briefings with business leaders and key policy makers

- CEO Forums

- General Managers breakfasts

- Thematic seminars and roundtables

- Trade missions and regional briefings

- Business After Hours

For an additional cost:

- Annual Conferences

- Annual Awards Dinner

- US Independence Day celebration

- Golf Tournament

- Soccer Tournament

- New Year Holiday Party

 

 

·        Helpful information exchanges on running a business in Russia, namely:

- 15 sector-based committees (all members welcome)

- Thematic seminars (all members welcome)

 

·        “One-window” program with the Federal Migration Service that reduces waiting periods for work permits for foreign employees

 

·        Expedition of the U.S. visa application process for AmCham members

 

·        Marketing services - exposure for the Member  on/in:

- AmCham web site (www.amcham.ru) which contains monthly calendar of events and updates on all Chamber activities, AmCham Russia News on-line, business information, etc., namely:

Included in the membership fee:

- Placing Member's company news in “News from Members” section

- Placing selected articles in legislative updates section

For an additional cost:

- Advertising opportunities (banners, links, etc.)

- AmCham publications, in particular the annual Membership Directory (free distribution and for Corporate Members only):

Included in the membership fee:

- Placing Member company’s information in the annual Membership Directory

- Placing Member's company news in “Off-The-Wire” section (one announcement per company per edition)

- Placing Member’s special offers for other AmCham members in “Member-to-Member” section

For an additional cost:

- Placing a modular advertisement

- Placing advertising inserts

 

·        Events:

Included in the membership fee:

- Opportunity for Member company representative to speak at subject events

Sponsorship contribution necessary for:

- Accomplishing promotion of Member company through business breakfasts, luncheons, conferences, social events, etc.

 

·        Regular electronic notifications - subscription to committee and general information e-mail lists and automatic delivery of information about committee activities and Chamber events by e-mail.

How do I apply for membership?

First you should complete a membership application form and return it to Irina Bujak at: bujak@amcham.ru. In addition to the application form, you should submit a copy of your Annual Report or your company's most recent audit and a completed new member questionnaire that will be sent upon receipt of your online application.

Who can apply for membership? Do you have to be American or work for an American company?

Almost anyone can apply for membership in the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. If a company has less than 25% American capital, then it needs to submit two letters of recommendation from AmCham member companies in addition to the application form and its annual report.

Click here to download a sample letter of recommendation.

Click here to view the current list of AmCham members.

If my company has less than 25% American capital, what limitations does this put on my membership?

Non-Regular Corporate Members - including Non-profit Members, Affiliate Corporate Members (companies with a legal presence in Russia but less than 25% American equity), and Associate Corporate Members) - receive the same benefits as American companies and are eligible to participate in all Chamber activities. The only exception is that Non-Regular Corporate Members do not have full voting rights.

How long does the process take?

Once all application materials are received, they are reviewed by the membership committee. The committee, comprised of five board members, takes approximately one week to review the materials and make its decision. Once the application has been approved, the new member will receive a Welcome Package that includes an invoice for annual membership dues.

How much are membership dues?

Membership fees are based on the company's worldwide revenue. The following chart shows the fee structure.

TYPE OF MEMBERSHIP (Based on worldwide revenue) ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE
Corporate A+ (above $25 billion global revenue) $15,000
Corporate A ($1 billion to $25 billion global revenue) $12,500
Corporate B ($100 million to $1 billion global revenue) $6,600
Corporate C ($10 million to $100 million global revenue) $5,000
Corporate D ($2 million to $10 million global revenue) $3,300
Corporate E ($2 million gross revenues or less) $1,600
Associate Corporate (not located in Russia) $1,600
Non-Profit $850
   
   

Are there any additional or one-time entrance fees? Are membership fees pro-rated for the first year?

There are no entrance or additional fees when a company or organization joins the Chamber. If a company joins in January, the full annual membership fee is due for the first year. If a company joins in the period February - December, a prorated membership fee is due for the first year. Renewal fees will be due January 1 of the subsequent year.

How can we pay our membership fees?

Fees may be paid through a bank transfer in rubles or dollars, cash in rubles only (at the AmCham office) or by charging it to an American Express, MasterCard or Visa credit card. A credit card payment can be made at the AmCham office.

Once we‘re members, how many employees can take part in Chamber activities?

AmCham events are open for all employees of your company unless otherwise specified.
Your company may designate two registered representatives (Primary and Alternate members) who will receive the following benefits:

  • Opportunity to participate in the event "Business After Hours"/"Business Before Hours" (the only event with limited participation)
  • Their contact information will be published in our Annual Membership Directory as the main representatives of your company
  • They will receive AmCham News on a quarterly basis
  • They will receive the Annual Membership Directory

If your company has more than two employees who would like to receive these benefits, the employee may join as an Additional Corporate Member for only $400 annual fee.