EU: Guidance on the transit of goods from Russia

The transit of sanctioned goods by road with Russian operators is not allowed under the EU measures.

The transit of sanctioned goods by road with Russian operators is not allowed under the EU

The European Commission (EC) has published further guidance to EU Member States on the transit of goods from Russia—part of regular technical exchanges on the practical implementation of EU restrictive measures that have been unanimously imposed by the EU Council in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

Read the guidance to EU Member States

According to the EC release, the guidance confirms that the transit of sanctioned goods by road with Russian operators is not allowed under the EU measures. There is no similar prohibition for rail transport, without prejudice to EU Member States’ obligation to perform effective controls. EU Member States need to check whether transit volumes remain within the historical averages of the last three years, in particular reflecting the real demand for essential goods at the destination, and that there are no unusual flows or trade patterns that could give rise to circumvention.

The transit of sanctioned military and dual use goods and technology is fully prohibited in any event regardless of the mode of transport.

The purpose of the guidance is to specify the applicable rules and recall that EU Member States are obliged to prevent all possible forms of circumvention of EU restrictive measures.


For more information on sanctions and other responses to Russia’s war on Ukraine, visit KPMG’s dedicated website.

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