The ban on imports of agricultural products from Russia and Belarus comes into force today

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A ban on imports of agricultural products and feed from Russia and Belarus, according to a list drawn up by the Ministry of Agriculture and approved by the Government, enters into force on Monday.

The list includes products from 24 groups: live animals, meat and offal, fish, milk and milk products, eggs, natural honey, products of non-animal origin, plants, vegetables, fruit, coffee and spices, cereals, grains, oils, beverages, tobacco and other products. Imports into Lithuania from Russia and Belarus are prohibited for a wide range of plant products.

From 3 June, imports of prepared food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be banned. These include various products made from meat, fish, crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates, or insects, as well as sugar and sugar confectionery, cocoa and cocoa products, products made from cereals, flour, starch, or milk, products made from vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and vinegar, residues and waste from food industry, and prepared animal feeds.

In addition to foodstuffs, imports from Russia and Belarus of tobacco and processed tobacco substitutes, products, whether or not containing nicotine, intended to introduce nicotine into the human body are prohibited.

But taking into account the detailed analysis of the import data from Russia and Belarus and the potentially significant harm to processors, as well as the comments received during the public consultation, the list does not include agricultural products without alternative import sources (certain mushrooms, berries, vegetable plaiting materials, molasses, certain animal feeds, etc.).

The government decree prohibits the import of these products from Russia and Belarus, but their transit through the territory of Lithuania is not prohibited.