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Russian Import Restrictions

Posted August 11, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

On August 6, 2014, President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order “On Application of Special Economic Measures to Protect Security of Russian Federation”. This Order entails that Russian state bodies of power, federal authorities, local self-government bodies, legal entities established in accordance with Russian law and physical individuals under Russian jurisdiction shall respect a ban or restriction on the import of certain agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in countries that have decided to impose economic sanctions on Russian legal entities and/or physical individuals, or have joined such decisions. The Executive Order took effect upon its signing and will be in force for one year.

On August 7, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation published the list of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating from Canada, the United States, members of the European Union, Australia and Norway that are subject to the import embargo.

An unofficial English translation of the Government Order and the associated affected commodity list is attached for your reference.

The Russian Federation Government, through its different services, has been instructed to take measures that would encourage orderly marketing of food in the Russian market and mitigate/avoid food shortages and price surges on the domestic market.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, is currently assessing the impact of the embargo on Canadian agricultural and seafood exports to Russia. We will keep you informed of developments as they become known.

Please use this email distribution channel (mas-sam@agr.gc.ca) to notify us of any commercial developments or challenges as they become known, or if you have additional questions. We will continue to use this as the means to communicate updates and developments with stakeholders.