Which products are covered by the sanctions against Russia?

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There are currently extensive European sanctions in place against Russia. This can affect your business if you export products to, or import products from Russia. Do you want to supply products or services to Russia? Learn more about what is allowed and what you must do.

Always check the latest rules (in Dutch) before you export products or services to Russia. A summary is included below.

Check the sanction lists

All EU sanctions are set out in regulations. The lists of products that you cannot export to Russia are published in the annexes to the regulations. Check if your product is listed in the following documents:

If your product is included in any of these lists, in principle you cannot export it to (or import it from) Russia.

Exemptions to the export ban

Exemptions to the export ban can only be provided under certain circumstances. If your product appears on any of the sanction lists, but you think it meets the criteria for an exception, you must apply for an exemption permit.

There are 3 categories for possible exemptions:

Category 1

  • Humanitarian purposes and emergencies.
  • Medical and pharmaceutical purposes.
  • Temporary export for use by news media.
  • Software updates.
  • Consumer communications devices.
  • Services to guarantee cybersecurity and information safety for natural persons, legal persons, and organisations. The Russian government and businesses directly or indirectly controlled by it are excluded.
  • Personal goods used by natural persons travelling to Russia, not intended for sale.

Category 2

  • Cooperation between the EU, the Member States, and Russia towards purely civilian matters.
  • International cooperation for space programmes.
  • Matters of nuclear and maritime safety.
  • Civilian telecommunications.
  • Use by subsidiaries and branches of EU and partner country entities.
  • Diplomatic missions of the EU, the Member States, or a partner country.

Category 3

  • Products needed for the fulfilment of contracts concluded before 26 February 2022.
  • The authorisation must have been requested before 1 May 2022.

If your product qualifies, apply for an exemption permit from the Central Import and Export Office (CDIU). Download the application form (in Dutch).

Please note: If you are granted an exemption permit, you must still follow all standard export procedures that apply to your product.

Military end-users and dual-use goods

You cannot apply for an exemption permit if your product will be exported to a military end-user in Russia. Check the full list of entities that automatically count as military end-users.

If you intend to export dual-use goods that may qualify for an exemption permit, a valid export licence (in Dutch) is needed.

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