EU Update: Ukraine sanctions – EU Import Ban Crimea & Sevastopol

Since our last blog entry on the issue (here), the EU has adopted the Regulation imposing the EU import ban on goods and certain services from Crimea and Sevastopol. The Regulation, which came into force on 25 June 2014, contained two exceptions: (i) a grandfather clause for contracts and (ii) goods presented to the Ukrainian authorities to confirm their origin. The EU published however on the 4th of July a correction relating to the second exception.

The Council notably added the following underlined section to the second exception:
"...goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol which have been made available to the Ukrainian authorities for examination, for which compliance with the conditions conferring entitlement to preferential origin has been verified and for which a certificate of origin has been issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 and Regulation (EU) No 374/2014  or in accordance with the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement."
This correction thus brings the Regulation in line with the initial comments issued by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and with the press report of the Council of the European Union, both of 23 June 2014 (see here), which referred to the requirement of having a Ukrainian certificate of origin.

  • The Council Regulation No 692/2014 relating to the EU import ban can be consulted here
  • The correction of Regulation No 692/2014 can be consulted here

 EU Member States are currently also discussing the further expansion of the list of people and entities to be targeted by the EU’s measures over the crisis in Ukraine. The new list is expected to be adopted and published soon.

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