Guidance

Trade sanctions on Russia

Russia is subject to an arms embargo, transit control and other restrictions.

There are a number of restrictive measures imposed against Russia. The measures are set out in EU Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014.

Arms embargo

It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer military goods and technology to Russia, or to other destinations where they are ultimately for use in Russia. You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing related technical assistance, financing and financial assistance, and brokering services.

It is also prohibited to import, purchase or transport military goods and technology from Russia or originating in Russia.

Dual-use items

It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer dual-use goods and technology to Russia or to other destinations where they are ultimately for use in Russia. This prohibition only applies if the items are or may be intended for military use or for a military end-user in Russia. It is also prohibited to export dual-use items to any of the entities listed in Annex IV of Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014.

You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing related technical assistance, financing and financial assistance, and brokering services.

Energy sanctions

A licence shall be required to export, sell, supply or transfer goods specified in Annex II of Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 suited to certain oil exploration and production projects to Russia or to other destinations where they are ultimately for use in Russia. This includes Russia’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. A licence will not be granted if the items are intended for use in deep water oil exploration and production, arctic oil exploration and production, or shale oil projects in Russia.

You should also be aware there are restrictions if you are providing technical assistance, brokering services, and financing and financial assistance related to goods specified in Annex II of Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 or to persons in other countries if the items are for use in Russia.

It is also prohibited to provide certain associated services necessary for deep water oil exploration and production, arctic oil exploration and production, or shale oil projects in Russia.

Exceptions

Exceptions and licences may be available regarding the above measures. These are set out in Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014.

Transit control

Military items transiting the UK are still regarded as being exported when they leave the country and are therefore subject to control. Article 17 of the Export Control Order 2008 includes a transit and transhipment exception meaning that in many situations a licence is not required. This exception does not apply to goods destined for Russia, meaning that a licence is required to transit goods through the UK or to tranship them in the UK with a view to re-exportation to Russia.

Read more general advice in EU sanctions against Russia: information for exporters.

Import restrictions

Contact the Import Licensing Branch for guidance on import licensing.

Financial sanctions

For information on any relevant financial sanctions, contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation.

Apply for an export licence through the online export licensing system managed by the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU).

ECJU contact details

Helpline

Contact the helpline for general queries about strategic export licensing.

Export Control Joint Unit
2nd floor 
3 Whitehall Place
London
SW1A 2AW

Email: exportcontrol.help@trade.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 7215 4594

Notices to exporters

Notices to exporters from the ECJU contain important information about:

  • amendments to open general export licences
  • changes to the list of controlled goods
  • updates on legislation and sanctions

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Published 7 August 2019