EU publishes practical guidelines on export restrictions to Russia and Belarus

EU publishes practical guidelines on export restrictions to Russia and Belarus

March 21, 2022

The European Commission has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on export-related restrictions concerning dual-use goods and advance technology items. 

This guidance supports exporters and national competent authorities in implementing the export restrictions put in place by the EU following Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

The FAQs will be updated to cover the additional trade-related content of subsequent sanction measures.

On 25 February, the EU further expanded the export restrictions on dual use items to Russia to include items for civilian users and uses. In addition, the exports of advanced technology items in sectors such as electronics, computers, telecommunications and information security, sensors and lasers, and marine are also banned. The new provisions foresee very limited exemptions and derogations in certain defined situations further explained in this document.

On 2 March, the Council adopted similar sanctions targeting Belarus. These include restrictions on exports of dual-use goods and technology, and certain advanced goods and technology which might contribute to Belarus’ military, technological, defence and security development, together with restrictions on the provision of related services, reflecting those imposed on Russia.

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