On March 2, 2015 the Russian authorities announced that they may possibly withdraw the ban on imports of food products originating from countries that have introduced Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. According to the Russian presidential spokesman, Russia might lift the prohibition on the import of food products under the condition that such products would be subsequently processed in Russia. This measure would be aimed at supporting the local food industry. Additionally, on February 25, 2015 several deputies of the Russian State Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament) submitted a draft law aimed at the complete lifting of the trade embargo that was introduced by Russia in August 2014. However, it is highly unlikely that the draft law will be adopted. The draft law is available in Russian only; on the web-site of the Russian State Duma. A 1-year ban was introduced by Presidential Decree No. 560 dated August 6, 2014 and implemented by Governmental Decree No. 778 dated August 7, 2014, prohibiting the importation into Russia of a number of types of food products originating from the US, the EU, Canada, Australia and Norway, including meat, fish, dairy, fruits and vegetables listed by description and HS codes.
Nicolai Behr is a compliance and dispute resolution attorney in Baker & McKenzie’s Munich office. He is a member of the steering committee of GlobalComplianceNews, a compliance news website with global reach moderated by Baker & McKenzie. He is a member of the committee "International" of the German Institute for Compliance. Dr. Behr is a regular speaker on compliance and white collar topics.