Belarus embargoes food imports in response to Western sanctions

  • 2021-12-08

MINSK - Responding to Western sanctions, Belarus will ban imports of certain food products from Western countries as of January 1, 2022, the Belarusian governmental press office said Tuesday. 

The embargo will restrict imports of 18 types of goods, including pigs, meat of cattle, pork, a number of byproducts, salted meat, meat in brine, dried or smoked meat, food flour from meat or meat by-products, milk and dairy products (with some exceptions), vegetables other than those intended for sowing, fruits and nuts, pork fat and poultry fat, fat of cattle, fat of sheep or goats, lard stearin and other animal oils, sausages and similar products, confectionery, salt and other goods.

The import embargo applies to goods from the European Union (EU) and its member states, the US, Canada, Norway, Albania, Iceland, Northern Macedonia, Great Britain, Montenegro and Switzerland. 

The import embargo will not apply to goods that Belarusians import for personal consumption, as well as "baby food and a number of other critical imports".