New Sanctions and Export Controls in Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

The Canada Border Services Agency Assessment issued Customs Notice 22-01: New Sanctions and Export Controls in Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine (modified December 8, 2023) to inform importers and exporters about measures imposed by the Government of Canada under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) since February 24, 2022, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to the following economic measures, as of February 24, 2022, Global Affairs Canada has also stopped the issuance of new permits under the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) for the export and brokering of controlled strategic, dual-use, and military goods and technology to Russia.

Exporters with valid permits for the export or brokering of items to Russia prior to this date have had their permits cancelled. Only permits and applications related to specific end-uses such as medical supplies and humanitarian needs, may be considered exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Please see Notice to Exporters No. 1071, Export and Brokering of Items, listed on the Export Control List and the Brokering Control List to Russia.

Key Takeaways

Goods subject to import sanctions imposed under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations include, but are not limited to:

  • Petroleum (any good referred to in column 1 of Schedule 5);
  • Luxury goods (any good referred to in column 1 of Part 2 of Schedule 6); as of December 5, 2023, among other articles, this list also includes:
    • Diamonds (unsorted, non-industrial, synthetic or reconstructed)
    • Articles of jewellery and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal
    • Articles of goldsmiths’ or silversmiths’ wares and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal
    • Articles of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal
    • Articles of precious or semi-precious stones (natural, synthetic or reconstructed)
    • Wristwatches, pocket-watches and other watches, including stopwatches, with cases of precious metal or metal clad with precious metal.
  • Certain gold products (any good referred to in column 1 of Schedule 9), including unwrought gold, semi-manufactured gold, gold powder, monetary gold and jewellery made of gold;
  • Any type of weapon, ammunition, military vehicle or military or paramilitary equipment, or a spare part for any of those goods;
  • Steel and Aluminum products, as specified in Schedule 11;
  • Arms and related material.
  • Under the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations, it is prohibited to:
    • import, purchase, or acquire goods, wherever situated, from: the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR); the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR); the Russian-occupied Kherson region of Ukraine; the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine; the Crimea Region of Ukraine; or from any person in these regions.
    • export goods destined for: the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR); the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR); the Russian-occupied Kherson region of Ukraine; the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine; the Crimea Region of Ukraine; or sell, supply, or transfer goods, wherever situated, to any person in these regions.

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For more information relating to sanctions, including the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) and associated regulations, or the process to apply for a permit or certificate under SEMA, please contact:

Sanctions Policy and Operations Coordination Division
Global Affairs Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Telephone: 1-877-808-8838 (Toll free)
Email: sanctions@international.gc.ca

If you have any questions or need assistance regarding the effects that the New Sanctions and Export Controls in Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine may have on your business, please reach out to Argo Customs Brokers. Our team of experts is here to help you navigate the requirements of the CBSA. Contact us today for any import/export services or information you may require.