Belarus’ involvement in Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine has recently led to a range of economic sanctions being imposed on the dictatorial country by the European Union. Existing restrictive measurements are adjusted at infrequent intervals to make it more difficult to deliberately circumvent the embargoes. The most recent amendments to the legal acts dealing with Belarus concerned Decision (CFSP) 2023/1601, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/1591 and Regulation (EU) 2023/1594, adopted by the Council of the EU in August 2022.



In addition to a sanctions list, which (as of April 2024) includes 233 natural or juridical persons and 37 Belarusian organizations, the decisions also ban the import and export of certain goods and technologies between Belarus and the EU, that could contribute to the military strength of the country.


An overview of restricted goods and technologies (according to Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006):

  • Export of armaments and related goods of all kinds
  • Equipment used for internal repression
  • Export of dual-use goods (from Annex I of the Dual-Use Regulation)
  • Export of machinery according to Annex XIV of Regulation (EC) No. 765/2006
  • Surveillance equipment or technologies for intercepting internet and telephone traffic
  • Goods for the production or processing of tobacco products
  • Imports of petroleum products from Belarus
  • Imports of potassium chloride products from Belarus
  • Imports of wood products from Belarus
  • Imports of cement products from Belarus
  • Imports of iron and steel products from Belarus
  • Imports of rubber products from Belarus
  • Export of banknotes of official currencies of EU Member States
  • Transport of goods by road transport companies established in Belarus on the territory of the EU


Source: → Belarus