TALLINN – The transitional period of sanctions imposed by the European Union on many consumer goods originating in the Russian Federation ended on Monday, and the import of such goods into the EU is prohibited from that day.
"On January 9, the transition period will end also for those sanctioned goods for which supply contracts were concluded before Oct. 7. From Monday, it will be forbidden to bring a number of consumer goods from Russia, including cosmetics, washing and cleaning products, clothes, shoes and much more, for both private and legal entities," Piret Tinkus, head of the prohibitions and restrictions service of the social protection field of the customs department of the Tax and Customs Board, said in a press release last week.
The Tax and Customs Board is asking all travelers to read the list of prohibited goods carefully before crossing the border, as prohibited items must be sent back from the border, abandoned or they will be confiscated.
Prohibited goods include, for example, cigars, cigarillos, cigarettes; iron and steel products; cosmetics and hair care products; washing and cleaning agents, such as soaps; various plastic products such as packaging materials, pipes, hoses and building materials; various paper products such as paper, cardboard and packaging material; women's and girls' clothing; footwear; building stones; tools; various motors and pumps; refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers; motor vehicles and tractors; and photography equipment. The list is not exhaustive.