Trade sanctions relating to Ukraine

Ukraine is subject to several restrictions relating to Crimea and Sevastopol.

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There are a number of restrictive measures imposed in relation to Crimea and Sevastopol. The measures are set out in EU Council Decision 2014/386/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 692/2014.

Items for use in particular sectors

It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer goods and technology suited for use in the transport, telecommunications, energy, and resource sectors, as listed in Annex II of Council Regulation (EU) No 692/2014 to Crimea or Sevastopol, or to other destinations if they are ultimately for use in Crimea or Sevastopol.

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

Import prohibitions

It is prohibited to import goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol, or to provide related financing or financial assistance.

It is prohibited to provide technical assistance, brokering, construction or engineering services directly relating to infrastructure in Crimea or Sevastopol in the transport, telecommunications, energy, and resource sectors.

It is prohibited to provide services directly related to tourism activities in Crimea or Sevastopol. It is prohibited for any ship providing cruise services to enter into or call at any port situated in the Crimean Peninsula listed in Annex III of Council Regulation (EU) No 692/2014.

Real estate and participation in entities

It is prohibited to acquire or extend a participation in real estate in Crimea or Sevastopol; or acquire or extend a participation in ownership or control of any entity in Crimea or Sevastopol, including through the acquisition of shares or other securities; to provide financing to such an entity; to create a joint venture in or with an entity in Crimea or Sevastopol, or to provide investment services related to any of the above.


Exceptions and licences may be available regarding the above measures. These are set out in Council Decision 2014/386/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 692/2014.

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 certain military goods destined for Ukraine, 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 Ukraine.

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


Contact the helpline for general queries about strategic export licensing.

Export Control Joint Unit
2nd floor 
3 Whitehall Place


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