The Russian government extends a ban on companies from “unfriendly” countries from transporting goods by truck through the territory.
The ban on international road transport of certain goods through the territory of Russia by motor vehicles from unfriendly countries has been extended until the end of the year.
“The ban on international road transport of certain types of goods through the territory of Russia by motor vehicles of unfriendly countries has been extended until December 30, 2023,” the Russian Ministry of Transport said.
Initially, this ban was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and took effect from October 10, 2022, to December 31, 2022, then extended to June 30, 2023.
Accordingly, companies from the European Union (EU), Norway, Ukraine, and the UK are prohibited from transporting goods through Russia by road. The ban applies to bilateral and transit goods, as well as to the carriage of goods to and from third-country territories. The country exempts the goods from being transported to the end consignee in Russia, provided that the goods must be transferred from foreign trucks to Russian and Belarusian vehicles at the border.
In addition, Russia also exempts a number of products, including foods, manufactured goods, and some non-food items.
Russia said the ban was introduced in response to similar restrictions imposed by unfriendly countries on Russian cargo trucks as part of Western sanctions against Moscow.