Russian Sanctions

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All information on this page should be taken as general guidance, and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended you seek specific legal guidance on any sanctions related issues.

The Russian Sanctions Regulations expire at the close of 17 March 2025, however the tariff increase under the Tariff Act 1988 expires earlier, on 5 November 2022.

Latest changes

  • 2 August: Regulations amended to introduce measures to designate the Russian Armed Forces and 61 entities that support the Russian military; Register updated with unique identifying numbers
  • 25 July: Import prohibition on gold of Russian origin entered into force
  • 4 July: Regulations amended to introduce measures prohibiting the import of gold of Russian origin; to permit New Zealanders in Russia to continue using services (of a sanctioned company) where necessary for personal or household purposes e.g. utility services; and to clarify reporting requirements under regulation 12(3).
  • 8 June: Regulations amended to designate 44 entities that are funding or fuelling the Russian war in Ukraine.
  • 17 May: Regulations amended to designate additional Belarusian individuals and entities, including President Lukashenko; and to extend further prohibitions on Belarusians already sanctioned.
  • 11 May: Regulations amended to designate disinformation and malicious cyber actors; to extend some sanctions to ‘relatives’ of designated individuals; and to update the services prohibition.
  • 3 May: Regulations amended to designate members of Russia’s Federation Council and additional defence entities, and to extend further prohibitions on those already sanctioned.
  • 25 April: Trade measures came into force.
  • 19 April: Regulations amended to designate Russian financial institutions including banks.
  • 5 April: Regulations amended to designate oligarchs with close ties to President Putin or the Russian government.
  • 18 March: Regulations entered into force designating President Putin and other political, economic and military elites; prohibition on all Russian military and government ships and aircraft entering New Zealand.

Russia Sanctions Register: updated 2 August

The Russia Sanctions Act 2022 sanctions register, including all current sanctions made under the Act, can be downloaded above. This is intended to be a guide. Please refer to the Russia Sanctions Regulations 2022, and any amendments, for the details and list of sanctions.

If you would like to be notified when our Sanctions Register is updated, please email RussiaSanctions@mfat.govt.nz with the subject line ‘add to Sanctions Register mailing list’.

Summary of sanctions imposed

Under the Russia Sanctions Act, Regulations have been made that:

  • Apply the full swathe of sanctions on hundreds of individuals (travel bans, bans on any aircraft or ships they own or control entering New Zealand, asset freezes, prohibitions on dealing with securities and a prohibition regarding services). These individuals include President Putin and permanent members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, members of the State Duma and Federation Council who voted in favour of the recognition the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk, political, economic and military elites, and disinformation and malicious cyber actors.
  • Sanction the branches and independent arms of service of the Russian Armed Forces, including logistical support.
  • Sanction defence entities that are part of Russia’s military industrial complex, freezing their assets, prohibiting financial dealings, and banning any related aircrafts and ships from entering New Zealand.
  • Sanction key state-owned entities that provide export revenue to Russia, freezing their assets, prohibiting financial dealings, and banning any related aircrafts and ships from entering New Zealand.
  • Sanction key banks and financial entities, freezing their assets, prohibiting financial dealings, and banning any related aircrafts and ships from entering New Zealand.
  • Ban Russian and Belarussian government and military aircraft and ships from entering New Zealand.
  • Apply a 35% tariff on all imports of Russian origin and prohibit the export of certain goods to Russia and Belarus, including products that are closely connected to strategic Russian industries (products are listed in the sanctions register).

Revocations, amendments, or exemptions

The Act states that any person may apply to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the basis of humanitarian need or for any other reason, to request

  • the amendment or revocation of a regulation
  • the amendment or revocation of a designation notice
  • an exemption from a sanction for a particular specified situation in relation to events or dealings, in relation to persons, assets, or services.

An application must be made by using the template application form below, and submitted to Sanctions-Exemptions@mfat.govt.nz.

Contacts

If you have a business/exporter enquiry contact: exports@mfat.net

If you suspect a breach of sanctions you can make a 105 Police Non-Emergency report(external link).

To apply for an exemption or for any queries about exemptions, including in relation to prohibited exports, contact: Sanctions-Exemptions@mfat.govt.nz

For other Russian Sanctions enquiries contact: RussiaSanctions@mfat.govt.nz

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