ANNOUNCEMENT 21 Apr 2022

In April 2022, the UK government introduced import-related measures against Russia due to their invasion of Ukraine.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 2 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

UK Department for International Trade, Press release, “UK announces further import sanctions against Russia”. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-announces-further-import-sanctions-against-russia

UK Department for International Trade, Additional duties on goods originating in Russia and Belarus. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/additional-duties-on-goods-originating-in-russia-and-belarus

Inception date: 21 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 21 April 2022, the UK government introduced additional duties of 35 percent on the import of a number of goods originating from Russia and Belarus. The decision is taken in response to these countries’ attack on Ukraine.

The products that are subject to additional duties include but are not limited to several meat products, vegetables, sugars, cacao, tobacco, essential oils, several textile and clothing products, aircraft, spacecraft and parts thereof, arms and ammunition.

Previously, in March 2022, the government for the first time imposed additional duties on several goods from Russia and Belarus (see related state act). The present decision constitutes the second package of goods that will be subject to additional duties.

In this context, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “We are steadfast in our support for the people of Ukraine and these new significant sanctions against Putin will bring the total import tariffs and bans on Russian goods to over £1 billion - imposing further economic pain on Putin’s economy for his barbaric and unjustified attacks on a sovereign nation.”

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Inception date: 21 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Import ban

On 21 April 2022, the UK government introduced an import ban on silver, wood products and high-end products including caviar from Russia. The decision is taken in response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Previously, Russia imposed an import ban on iron and steel products as well as oil and coal products (see related state acts).

In this context, International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “We are taking every opportunity we can to ratchet the pressure to isolate the Russian economy and these further measures will tighten the screws, shutting down lucrative avenues of funding for Putin’s war machine.”