Sanctions imposed on Russia to be tightened from Monday

  • 2022-07-07
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The transition period that made it possible to import certain sanctioned goods to the European Union or export them to the Russian Federation on the basis of previously concluded agreements will end at 11:59 p.m. on July 10.

The changes also affect natural persons who cross the border for travel or other purposes. The Estonian Tax and Customs Board asks all border crossers to take the stricter restrictions into consideration already when planning their trip.

While sanctions usually concern companies and trade, then from Monday, it will no longer be possible for private individuals to import or export certain goods either.

The lists of prohibited goods also include such goods that have so far been brought from Russia or taken there on a daily basis. For example, old or new furniture or its parts, timber or wood products, fertilizers containing potassium, new pneumatic tires, cement, caviar, new or used containers such as glass bottles and cans and the like cannot be brought in from the Russian Federation.

Passengers must also pay attention to the restrictions on alcohol, meaning from July 10, it is forbidden to bring in alcoholic beverages such as vodka, gin or liqueurs from Russia, regardless of the quantity. It is allowed to bring beer, wine and cider in previously established amounts, that is 16 liters of beer, four liters of wine, two liters of cider.

In addition, the Tax and Customs Board reminds passengers that it is already forbidden to take to Russia more than the cash required for the trip, household electronics worth more than 750 euros, such as smartphones and laptops, and other items worth more than 300 euros. The restriction does not apply to personal items, including a smartphone in use, a valuable handbag, or outerwear.

The Tax and Customs Board will ensure the availability of information for passengers at the Narva, Luhamaa and Koidula border crossing points and provide explanations. The authority also points out that a violation of an international sanction is subject to either a financial penalty or up to five years in prison. A financial penalty is prescribed for the same act if it is committed by a legal entity.