The Russian Federation has banned road cargo from countries that placed similar restrictions on Russia. The decree was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Companies from all EU countries, Norway, Ukraine and the UK will no longer be able to transport goods through Russia by road. The document states that the ban is in response to restrictions imposed by these countries for Russian truckers as part of the sanctions on Moscow earlier this year.
The decree comes into force from next Monday, October 10 and will be valid until December 31, 2022. The document states that the ban applies to both bilateral and transit goods transportation, as well as cargo transportation to or from the territory of a third state.
The decree exempts some goods, including various types of food, manufactured goods and certain non-food items. For instance, the ban will not apply to meat, fish, milk, some types of vegetables and confectionery, cocoa, certain cereal products, alcohol, tobacco, fertilizers, pharmaceutical products, contraceptives, paper, and cardboard.
In addition, live animals and plants, watches, musical instruments, nuclear reactors, and video and sound recording equipment are not subject to the ban. Cargo delivery to or from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad will also be exempt from restrictions.
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