Russia: Food import ban extended until 31 December 2019 (2018-10)

Date of issue:  17 September 2018

Date of effect: Immediate

Reference Number: MAA 2018-10


Industries—Industry bodies – Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australian Egg Corporation Limited
Export establishments for eggs
Licensed exporters
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources—Central and Regional offices


To notify that Russia’s food import ban has been extended until 31 December 2019.

Summary of key points

  • Russia has extended the retaliatory food import ban for the fourth time, until 31 December 2019, in response to the extension of EU sanctions on Russia.
  • The ban, which blocks the import of certain agricultural products from Australia, the EU, US and Canada, was nominally due to expire at the end of 2018.
  • The list of banned products has been expanded to further clarify restrictions on agricultural products. An unofficial translation of the list of agricultural products and affected HS (Harmonised System) Codes is provided at Attachment 1.
  • Exporters of products not currently included on the list are reminded to exercise caution and to liaise with their importers to assess whether consignments will be permitted entry on arrival to Russia. The department will keep exporters updated on developments.

Further information

​Contact exports if you have any queries.

Attachment 1 - Unofficial translation of amended list of agricultural products subject to Russian import ban

Affected HS Codes Item Name *, ***
0103 Live swine (except pure-bred breeding animals)
0201 Cattle meat, fresh or chilled
0202 Cattle meat, frozen
0203 Pork, fresh, chilled or frozen
0206 **** Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen
0207 Meat and edible offal of poultry from code 0105, fresh, chilled or frozen
0209 Pig fat, free of lean meat, and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked
0210 ** Meat salted, in brine, dried or smoked
0301 ** Live fish (except for fry of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and trout (Salmo trutta, Oncorhynchus mykiss)
0302, 0303, 0304, 0305, 0306, 0307**, 0308 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (excluding young (spat) oysters and mussels)
0401**, 0402**, 0403**, 0404**, 0405**, 0406 Milk and dairy products (excluding specialised lactose-free milk and specialised lactose-free dairy products intended as dietary therapeutical food and dietary protective food)
1501, 1502, 1503 Pig fat (including lard) and poultry fat, other than that of heading 0209 or 1503,
Fats of bovine animals, sheep or goats, other than those of heading 1503,
Lard stearin, lard oil, oleostearin, oleo-oil and tallow oil, not emulsified or mixed or otherwise prepared
0701 (excluding 0701 10 000 0), 0702 00 000, 0703 (excluding 0703 10 110 0), 0704, 0705, 0706, 0707 00, 0708, 0709, 0710, 0711, 0712 (excluding 0712 90 110 0), 0713 (excluding 0713 10 100 0), 0714 Vegetables, edible roots and tubers (excluding planting potatoes, planting onions, planting sweet corn hybrid, planting peas)
0801, 0802, 0803, 0804, 0805, 0806, 0807, 0808,0809, 0810,0811, 0813 Fruit and nuts
1601 00 Sausages and similar products made of meat, meat offal or blood; further processed foods based thereon
1901 90 110 0**, 1901 90 910 0**, 2106 90 920 0**, 2106 90 980 4**, 2106 90 980 5**, 2106 90 980 9** Food or finished products (with the exception of biologically active dietary supplements, vitamin and mineral supplements, flavours, protein concentrates (of animal and plant origin), and mixtures thereof; dietary fibre, nutritional supplements (including complex)
1901 90 990 0** Food or finished products manufactured according to cheese production technology that contain 1.5 per cent or more of milk fat

* For the purposes of the implementation of this list, it is necessary to follow HS code description.  Name of product is shown for convenience only.
** For the purposes of the implementation of this category, both HS code description and names of products should be used as guidance.
*** Except for goods intended for baby food.
**** Except for products for the production of pharmaceutical products.

The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019
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