Saint-Petersburg customs identifies prohibited to import goods from countries “sanctioned” list

The customs authorities of the Russian Federation tasked with preventing the importation into Russia and turnover of certain types of goods, country of origin, which are States that have adopted the decision on introduction of economic sanctions concerning Russian legal and physical persons or acceded to this decision.

This response to the special economic measure prohibits or restricts legal entities, organizations and individuals the implementation of foreign economic operations on import of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food from the United States, European Union countries, Canada, Australia, Kingdom of Norway, Ukraine, Republic of Albania, Montenegro, the Republic of Iceland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Currently, the presidential decree of July 24, 2019 No. 293 this prohibition was extended to 31 December 2020. The list of prohibited products approved by the RF Government decree dated 7 August 2014 No. 778.

Customs of the Russian Federation regularly suppress not only the import of so-called “sanctions” products, but also identify them during raids on places of wholesale and retail trade in various regions of the country.

In 2019 the staff of the St. Petersburg customs in the customs control after release of goods held 17 verification activities to prevent trafficking of goods from the sanctions list. Validation was carried out with the participation of officials of Department of Federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance, Federal service for supervision of consumer rights protection and human welfare, prosecutors. The trading volume of withdrawn and destroyed 647 kg forbidden to import meat, dairy products and fruit (cold cuts, cheese and apples). In 2020, identified and destroyed 150 kg of “sanctions” products (cheese and butter).

St. Petersburg customs in 2019 opened 4 cases on administrative offences under article 16.3 of the administrative code of Russia against traders who tried to import into Russia of food products (cream, protein shakes, dry-cured meat products, desserts, plant-based) is prohibited. Violations were revealed before the release of goods for free circulation.

Special economic measures are not limited to a ban on the import into Russia of agricultural products, raw materials and food. At the end of 2018 by the Decree of the RF Government dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83 a ban on the import into Russia of goods, country of origin or the country of origin is Ukraine or transported through the territory of Ukraine, according to the approved List. Among the products in respect of which the ban, there are industrial goods.

Unfair participants of foreign economic activity ignore the requirements of Russian legislation and trying to import goods prohibited for sale in Russia not only from countries in respect of which the special economic measures, but also from the countries of the Eurasian economic Union (EEU), using no customs control in the framework of the EAEU and the proliferation ban on the import of such goods into the Russian Federation.

Saint-Petersburg customs reveals such irregularities in monitoring the timeliness of the statistical forms of the account of movement of goods, which is obliged to submit to the customs authority of the participant of foreign economic activity for import of goods from the territory of the member States of the EEU, and the accuracy of the information contained therein.

According to the Department of trade restrictions and export control of St. Petersburg customs in 2019 was filed 2 cases on administrative offences under article 16.3 of the administrative code of Russia for violation of the prohibition on the importation of goods into the Russian Federation. The Republic of Belarus from Ukraine to Russia traders were sent to industrial products (the aluminum caps, boxes and cases, of corrugated paper and paperboard). In 2020, already opened 3 cases on administrative offences on the facts of entry through the Republic of Belarus of industrial goods from Ukraine (boxes and boxes, nuts and trees) and food from Germany. The import into Russia of such products is prohibited by Russian legislation.

Saint-Petersburg customs drew attention to foreign trade participants on the need to comply with the prohibitions and restrictions when importing goods, including the transfer of goods from countries – members of the Union.

The press service of the St. Petersburg customs