A ban on the import and export of sanctioned goods to the Russian Federation came into force today in Estonia.

In Estonia, on Monday, July 11, a ban on the import into the Russian Federation and export from the Russian Federation of sanctioned goods comes into force, which also applies to individuals. “The ban is linked to sanctions adopted by the EU to prevent the purchase of Russian goods that bring Russia significant income,” the tax and customs department said in a statement. The published long list of prohibited goods includes spirits such as vodka, gin, liqueurs, etc., old and new furniture and parts thereof, wood and wood products, new pneumatic tires, cement, caviar, such new or used containers such as glass bottles and jars and a number of other goods that private individuals brought daily with them from Russia. The sanctions also apply to the export to the Russian Federation of goods classified as luxury goods, including certain consumer electronics products. It is forbidden to export to Russia more cash than is necessary for the trip, consumer electronics worth more than 750 euros (smartphones, laptops, etc.) and other items worth more than 300 euros. The restriction does not apply to personal items, including a used smartphone, valuable handbag, outerwear, etc. The Department urged people to take this issue seriously and carefully check what they buy in the Russian Federation and what they are going to take with them on a trip to the Russian Federation, take into account more stringent restrictions in order to avoid further problems. It also recalls that violation of international sanctions by private individuals is a crime that can be prosecuted by the Security Police and, by decision of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Tax and Customs Board, with a final decision in court, and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to five years. The same offense committed by a legal entity is punishable by a fine. According to the head of the customs department of the Estonian tax authority, Eerik Heldna (Eerik Heldna), measures may threaten “if, for example, a person tries to import luxury electronics worth more than 750 euros into Russia.”