The expansion of the restrictive measures- 25 October, 2017

Dear NRCC members and partners,

Please find below the information regarding the expansion of the restrictive measures. The annoucement below and unofficial translation are provided by the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Norway.

Russia Responses on the Continuous Anti-Russian Sanctions by Extending Country’s Import Ban List

The Russian government has on October 25, 2017 extended the list of agricultural goods, raw materials and food products which are prohibited to import to the Russian Federation. 

The decision is made as a response to the continuous anti-Russian sanctions, and applies for the products originating from US, EU, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

The import ban will be in effect until December 31, 2018 and applies for the following goods:

- Live swine (except pure-bred breeding animals)

- Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen (except used in the preparation of pharmaceutical products)

- Pig fat, free of lean meat, and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked

- Pig fat (including lard) and poultry fat

- Fats of bovine animals, sheep or goats

- Lard stearin, lard oil, oleostearin, oleo-oil and tallow oil, not emulsified or mixed or otherwise prepared

Those measures will allow Russia to block illegal supply channels which were used to deliver goods prohibited for import (by misrepresenting them as other products) to the Russian territory avoiding restrictions introduced earlier.

The import ban will not apply to pure-bred breeding swine which Russia needs for domestic pig farming enterprises (to be further built up, also involving Norwegian stakeholders).

The government studied proposal on introduction of import restrictions on flours and meals of meat or meat offal as well (also considering quality of imported goods and animal health aspects), but postponed its implementation due to challenges such introduction may imply for the manufacturers on the Russian side (utilizing meat flours and meals as a raw material for their products). The government, however, encouraged such manufacturers representing transnational corporations to establish direct cooperation with Russian suppliers of flours and meals of meat or meat offal.


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