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Russian ban on Australian agricultural produce

​​On 29 June 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree extending the Russian ban on specified agricultural products for an additional 18 months, to 31 December 2017. This is the second extension to the August 2014 Presidential Decree on the 'Application of Certain Special Economic Measures in order to protect the National Security of the Russian Federation' imposing bans on the import of specified agricultural products originating from a number of countries, including Australia, United States, EU member states, Norway and Canada. There has been no change to list of banned source countries.

Current status

The list of banned products  remains largely the same, with some adjustments made to permit imports of certain products used in the production of baby food, which are certified as organic, have been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation in accordance with its established procedure (yet to be established) and are within the volume of permitted imports of the specified products.

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What products have been banned?

Products banned under the 2016 decree are specified by Harmonized Systems (HS) Code.

Information about what’s included under each HS code that has been banned is in the following table.

Note: all commodities under the HS Codes specified below are banned under the decree issued by the Russian Federation except where exceptions are specified.

HS CodesTotal affected commodity (as at 11 November 2016)
0201Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled
0202**Meat of bovine animals, frozen
0203Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen
0207**Meat and edible offal of poultry from 0105, fresh, chilled or frozen
0210Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in brine, dried or smoked; edible flours and meals of meat or meat offal
0301 (except for 0301.11.000.0, 0301.19.000.0)Live fish except for fry of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), fry of trout (Salmo trutta) fry of trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), fry of turbot (Psetta maxima), fry of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and live decorative fish
0302Fish, fresh or chilled, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat
0303Fish, frozen, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat
0304Fish fillets and other fish meat (whether or not minced) fresh, chilled or frozen
0305Fish, dried, salted or in brine; smoked fish; fish meal fit for human consumption
0306Crustaceans, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; crustaceans, in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, whether or not chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine, excludes juveniles of whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)
0307Molluscs, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; aquatic invertebrates other than crustaceans and molluscs, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine (excluding juvenile (spat) oysters and juvenile (spat) mussels)
0308Aquatic invertebrates (excl. crustaceans and molluscs), live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted, in brine or smoked; flours, meals and pellets of aquatic invertebrates (excl. crustaceans and molluscs), fit for human consumption
0401*Milk and cream, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter
0402*Milk and cream, concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter
0403*Buttermilk, curdled milk and cream, yogurt, kephir and other fermented or acidified milk and cream, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavoured or containing added fruit or cocoa
0404*Whey, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter; products consisting of natural milk constituents, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, not elsewhere specified or incl
0405*Butter and other fats and oils derived from milk
0406Cheese and curd
0701 (excluding 0701.10 .000.0)Potatoes, fresh or chilled
0702Tomatoes, fresh or chilled
0703 (excluding 0703.10. 110.0)Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks and other alliaceous vegetables, fresh or chilled
0704Cabbages, cauliflowers, kohlrabi, kale and similar edible brassicas, fresh or chilled
0705Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and chicory (Cichorium spp.), fresh or chilled
0706Carrots, turnips, salad beetroot, salsify, celeriac, radishes and similar edible roots, fresh or chilled
0707Cucumbers and gherkins, fresh or chilled
0708Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
0709Vegetables, other than potatoes, tomatoes, onions etc, cabbages and cauliflower, lettuce, root vegetables, legumes or cucumbers, fresh or chilled
0710**Vegetables (uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water), frozen
0711Vegetables provisionally preserved (for example, by sulphur dioxide gas, in brine, in sulphur water or in other preservative solutions), but unsuitable in that state for immediate consumption
0712** (excluding 0712. 90.110.0)Dried vegetables, whole, cut, sliced, broken or in powder, but not further prepared
0713 (excluding 0713.10.100.0)
Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
0714Manioc, arrowroot, salep, jerusalem artichokes, sweet potatoes and similar roots and tubers with high starch or inulin content, fresh or dried, whether or not sliced or in the form of pellets; sago pith
0801Coconuts, brazil nuts and cashew nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled
0802Other nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled
0803Bananas, including plantains, fresh or dried
0804Dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangoes and mangosteens, fresh or dried
0805Citrus fruit, fresh or dried
0806Grapes, fresh or dried
0807Melons (including watermelons) and (papayas), fresh
0808Apples, pears and quinces, fresh
0809Apricots, cherries, peaches (including nectarines), plums and sloes, fresh
0810Fruit, other than bananas, dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangoes, mangosteens, citrus fruit, grapes, melons, papaws, apples, pears, quinces, apricots, cherries, peaches (including nectarines), plums or sloes, fresh
0811Fruit and nuts, uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water, frozen, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter
0813Fruit, dried, other than bananas, dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangoes, mangosteens, citrus fruit or grapes; mixtures of nuts or dried fruits of this chapter
1601Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products
1901 90 110, 1901 90 910,
1901 90 990 0
Malt extract; food preparations of flour, meal, starch or malt extract, not containing more than 50% cocoa powder, not elsewhere specified or included; food preparations of dairy products, not containing more than 10% cocoa powder, nes.
Food or finished products manufactured according to cheese production technology that contain 1.5 percent or more of milk fat
2106.90.920.0, 2106.90.980.4, 2106.90.980.5, 2106.90.980.9Food (containing milk, based on vegetable oils)
2501.00Salt (including table salt and denatured salt) and pure sodium chloride, whether or not in aqueous solution or containing added anti-caking or free-flowing agents; sea water

* Excluding specialised lactose-free milk and specialised lactose free dairy products intended as dietary therapeutical food and dietary protective food.

** Excluding products used specifically for the production of baby food, which are certified as organic and, have been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation in accordance with its established procedure and within the volume of permitted imports of the specified products.

Are further bans anticipated?

The department is not aware of any information to suggest that the list of products covered under the Decree will be expanded.