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Commerce Increases Restrictions on U.S. Exports to Russian Industrial and Commercial Sectors

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The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released a rule (link here) building on its March 3, 2022, Russian Industry Sector Sanctions rule (link here) by expanding the scope of items subject to stringent license requirements. The items now subject to license requirements support a wide range of commercial and industrial operations, from wood products to construction machinery, and are consistent with existing restrictions on similar items put in place by the European Union (EU). Today’s action furthers international coordination in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The rule expands the scope of the Russian industry sector sanctions by adding 205 6-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes and the corresponding 478 Schedule B numbers to the list of items requiring a license for the export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) to Russia in order to better align with restrictions put in place by the European Union. These items are classified as EAR99, which previously did not require a license for most exports to Russia. The rule also makes some clarifying and conforming changes to existing rules. The rule takes effect on upon release by the Federal Register. The text of the rule, which includes the list of applicable HTS codes and Schedule B numbers, is available on the Federal Register’s website here.

The HTS is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and additional information is available online at: Schedule B numbers are administered by the Census Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce and additional information is available online here:

Further information on the Bureau of Industry and Security’s actions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is available online at: guidance/russia-belarus.

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