Russia tightens border control on Ukrainian imports as protests continue

by Katie Engelhart

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

KYIV – Reports indicate that the Russian Federation is once again tightening custom controls along its border with Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the Association of International Automobile Carriers of Ukraine published an “URGENT” memo on its website, notifying members of “changes in the procedures for customs control and clearance of goods into the territory of the Russian Federation of Ukraine.”

The Association advises that, as of January 28th, 100 per cent of customs vehicles traveling from Ukraine to Russia will be unloaded and inspected—and that “customs clearance of goods” may now take “up to 10-15 working days.” Documents confirming the customs value of goods will also need be cleared by Central Customs management in Moscow.

This is not the first time that Russia has, without warning, made efforts to reduce or block Ukrainian imports.

In August 2013, Russia blocked all imports coming from Ukrainian territory, fueling speculation of an impending trade war in the region. Experts speculated that the attempt was meant to dissuade Kyiv from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit in late November.

On Tuesday, the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych voted to repeal a set of draconian anti-protest laws that was passed on January 16th, and which drew condemnation from numerous European officials. It appears likely that Russia’s new measures are an effort to punish Yanukovych for ceding to European Union demands that the laws be removed.

Widespread protests broke out in Ukraine in mid-November, after President Yanukovych abandoned a planned Association Agreement with the European Union in favour of a move towards customs union with Russia.




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Russia tightens border control on Ukrainian imports as protests continue

  1. Russia isn’t tightening the borders because of Ukranian imports……they just want to make sure the borders are clear after the Olympics…..after all, Russian tanks take up a lot of room.
    Last thing they need is a bunch of Ukranian trucks in the way.

  2. Dear foreign citizens! Please make a pressure upon your governments and state authorities. Unfortunately we can see that interest in Europe to the events in Ukraine is decreasing. In case of sanctions against at least one of Ukrainian oligarchs or ministers our way to freedom and democracy will become irreversible. A lot of powerful persons in Ukraine just wait for external signal. Ask (or demand) your governments to provide sanctions!

    Please, we really need your help!

    Free Ukrainian citizen.

    • Отсоси хохол!!! Никому не нужна свободная украина ( с очень маленькой буквы). Вы сами выбрали свою правительство и теперь вдруг оно не по душе… А ведь Янукович правильно сделал что не подписал…. вас хотели трахнуть и теперь вы вышли на свой вонючий майдан чтобы что? Ну ничего…. выберете себе дебила Кличко и он обязательно даст вашу сраку на съедение Европе. …

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