Tougher sanctions measures have been in place for iron and steel products from Russia since September 30. Article 3g(1)(d) of Regulation (EU) No. 833/2014 prohibits the import of iron and steel products listed in Annex XVII to the Regulation. These include, for example, iron and non-alloyed steel in ingots or other raw forms. The existing import ban applies to direct and indirect imports. The purchase of the listed iron and steel products is also prohibited if they have been processed in a third country using products listed in Annex XVII originating in Russia.

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To make it more difficult to circumvent the sanctions, importers must provide proof of origin for iron and steel products that have been used to process the iron and steel products in a third country. Such proof may include quality certificates, delivery bills, customs documents of the exporting country or production descriptions, provided that they indicate the non-Russian country of origin.

Further information can be found on the website of the General Directorate of Customs.