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#BreakingNews Russia-Ukraine crisis

25 February 2022


Here you can find all the latest news related to international transport and customs requirements for shipments to and from Ukraine and Russia.


Due to the latest developments concerning the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the EU Council has published Regulation (EU) No. 428/2022 amending Regulation (EU) No. 833/2014, introducing new restrictive measures against Russia.
In particular, the list of goods subject to an export ban to Russia has been considerably integrated, with specific reference to goods considered as luxury.

In addition, limitations have been introduced on imports of steel products originating in or exported from Russia, except for contracts closed before 16.03.2022.

In order not to incur administrative and penal sanctions, we kindly ask you to verify, before the shipment of goods, that they are not listed in this regulation.

Our teams are at your disposal to answer your questions.



Following the Russian attack on Ukraine, sanctions and restrictions were introduced against Russia, as well as restrictions on shipments to the areas acquired by Russia on Ukrainian territory.
To the exporters who intend to ship to those destinations are required additional free export declarations as follows:

The goods are not included in the list of goods as EU Reg. No 833/2014 established a Union regime for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit and transfer of dual-use products to Russia, as subsequently amended and added to. (Y995/Y996)

Goods not originating in or intended for use in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts as Council EU Reg. 2022/263, as subsequently amended and added to. (Y984)

The mentioned above restrictive measures are also applied to Belarus, whose blacklist has been extended to additional recipients. If you are shipping to this destination, we kindly ask you to verify that the goods are not addressed directly or indirectly (companies of which they are part) to the entities present in the following regulations.

Link to Official Journal of the European Union, L 046, 25 February 2022

Out teams are at disposal to answer your questions


Import restrictions of ukrainian goods into the eu: attention to the origin of the goods

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has led to the application of restrictive measures in response to the recognition of areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government - Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts - and the Russian armed forces sent to those areas.
Council Regulation (EU) 2022/263 of 23 February 2022, as we previously announced, introduced a ban on imports into the European Union of goods originating in those areas from 24.02.2022.

According to what has been established, the European Commission published on 28 February a Notice to importers regarding Imports into the Union of goods originating in the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts of Ukraine, declaring that:
 "Importers in the Union are advised to take due care to ascertain the actual origin of the goods that they declare since risks exist that goods subject to the prohibition provided for in the above mentioned Regulation are imported into the Union from neighbouring countries of Ukraine, in particular Russia and Belarus. This may be specially the case for coal products of heading CN 2701 and steel products of headings CN 7201 to 7207 and of headings CN 7304, 7305 and 7306".

Link to the Notice to Importers.



Due to the latest developments concerning the crisis involving Russia and Ukraine, we are witnessing an escalation with multi-level consequences on international transport. The situation is unstable and constantly changing, so we are not able to guarantee the regularity of the services and the constancy of the rates, which we ask you to check with our teams.

We are witnessing a sudden and widespread decrease in the number of drivers and means of transport available, which is affecting the whole of Europe, both in terms of services and in terms of available spaces. As a matter of fact, Ukrainian drivers are returning to their own country, in many cases leaving the fleets uncovered or penalized. As a result, we have no visibility of a stable service neither for the countries directly involved in the conflict nor for the rest of Europe.
The reduced availability of drivers and space will impact the cost of the service, which we expect will increase in the coming weeks. IN addition, we expect an increase in the cost of fuel, due to the impacts of large-scale supplies, which will also affect the cost of road transport.
Our teams are trying to ensure departures that are currently confirmed by our hub, however, we expect delays, disruptions, and price increases.

As a consequence of the latest news on the closures of the air spaces of Europe, the Baltic Republics, and Russia, we register a decrease in the space available for flights to and from Russia and other destinations. Some airlines have announced that they will suspend services to and from Russia, and in many cases, those companies that keep offering the service to and from Russia are forced to review the routing, thus increasing the transit time and the costs.
Also, the Asian destinations suffer the consequences of the bans of the airspace, with consequent alteration of the routing that impacts on the fuel consumption and the transit time. The consequence will be a decrease in space availability and a subsequent increase in the service price.
At the moment, from and to the USA we do not see any particular problems.
However, the situation is constantly being updated.

Some shipping companies are informing us of the interruption of services to and from Ukrainian and Russian ports. This may lead to changes in routing and transit time. Our colleagues are constantly monitoring the situation. For more information about your shipment, please contact our operations department or your reference person.


#RoadTransport - Poland
In Poland the demand for fuel has increased, and its price consequently
. In some cases, there are also difficulties in finding means of transport and spaces. This could have an impact both in terms of transport costs and in terms of possible delays. Our teams are monitoring the situation and are available for further information.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is bringing about significant changes in trade.
In particular, the EU Regulation No. 263/2022 of 23.02.22 “COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2022/263 of 23 February 2022 concerning restrictive measures in response to the recognition of the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and the ordering of Russian armed forces into those areas” establishes the following prohibitions:

  • IMPORT into the EU > it is forbidden to import into the EU goods produced in or exported from the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk of Ukraine

EU Reg. n. 263/2022- Article 2:
1. It shall be prohibited:
(a) to import into the European Union goods originating in the specified territories;
(b) to provide, directly or indirectly, financing or financial assistance as well as insurance and reinsurance related to the import of the goods referred to in point (a).
2. The prohibitions in paragraph 1 shall not apply in respect of:
(a) the execution until 24 May 2022 of trade contracts concluded before 23 February 2022, or of ancillary contracts necessary for the execution of such contracts, provided that the natural or legal person, entity or body seeking to perform the contract has notified, at least 10 working days in advance, the activity or transaction to the competent authority of the Member State in which they are established;
(b) goods originating in the specified territories 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 the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

  • EXPORT to UKRAINE > it is forbidden to sell, transfer or export to the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk of Ukraine goods and technologies listed in the Attachment II of EU Reg. n. 263/2022  

EU Reg. n. 263/2022- Article 4:
1. It shall be prohibited to sell, supply, transfer or export goods and technology listed in Annex II:
(a) to any natural or legal person, entity or body in the specified territories, or
(b) for use in the specified territories.
Annex II shall include certain goods and technologies suited for use in the following key sectors:
(i) transport;
(ii) telecommunications;
(iii) energy;
(iv) the prospecting, exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources.
Link to view the EU Reg. n. 263/2022



The European Commission has informed importers that starting from 23.02.22 the conditions that allow the goods produced in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (right now not controlled by the government of Ukraine) or exported from them do not exist and therefore preferential tariff treatment cannot be applied.
During the current state of emergency caused by the conflict, the Ukrainian customs authorities cannot effectively manage and control the preferential tariff treatment provided for in the Association Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, on one side, and Ukraine, on the other.
Therefore, EU operators are invited to refrain from requesting preferential treatment to import into the Union goods produced or exported from areas not controlled by the Government of the Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast, since the release of such goods for free circulation gives rise to a customs duty.

Link to view the "Notice to importers" from the European Commission.


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