The Irish government is setting up an advice line to provide the most updated information available concerning Russia’s ban on agricultural products from countries that had imposed economic sanctions on Russia as a result of the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The trade restrictions came as a result of a decree signed August 6 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“My department [is] currently working to clarify the specific details of the ban. The impact on Ireland will depend both on the products covered by the ban and any knock-on effects on international market prices as banned products seek replacement markets,” stated Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney.

“To assist companies exporting to Russia, I have asked Bord Bia to establish an advice line, which will make the most up-to-date information available to these companies.”

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Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, will assist companies with regard to the trading situation with Russia and help in progressing such opportunities. The dedicated unit may be contacted by calling +01.6142.292.

While work is continuing to determine exactly what products are covered by the ban, Coveney noted that initial indications were that casein, infant formula and tea extract are not being banned. Russia's ban, as announced, will last one year and will cover imports into Russia of meat, fish, milk and milk products, fruit and vegetables from the European Union. Other countries affected include the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway.

“My department will maintain an ongoing assessment of the situation, where intensive engagement is already ongoing with Russian authorities regarding agri-trade issues including temporary restrictions already in place on certain exports in specific sectors,” the minister concluded.