Crimea and Sevastopol

Notice of changes to Australia’s autonomous sanctions relating to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol

The Australian Government has implemented changes to Australia's sanctions relating the sale or transfer of certain goods to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol.

The amendments were implemented by the Autonomous Sanctions (Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol) Amendment Specification 2017

The purpose of the amendments is to update the Australian Harmonised Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) codes of some of the goods listed in Schedule 1 of the Autonomous Sanctions (Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol) Specification 2015.

If you think your current or future business or other activities may be affected by these new sanctions, you should seek legal advice.  You can also use the Online Sanctions Administration System to submit an inquiry in relation to an activity, or to make a formal application for a sanctions permit.

The Australian Government announced on 19 March 2014 that it would impose a sanctions regime in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. On 1 September 2014 the Prime Minister announced expanded autonomous sanctions in relation to Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol.

This page summarises the current sanctions measures imposed by the sanctions regimes implemented by Australia in relation to Crimea and Sevastopol.

Restrictions on the export or supply of goods

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

Australian law prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Crimea or Sevastopol, for use in Crimea or Sevastopol, or for the benefit of Crimea or Sevastopol, of the following 'export sanctioned goods' for Crimea and Sevastopol:

without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the export or provision of services

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

  1. Australian law prohibits the provision to any person of:
    • technical advice, assistance or training; or
    • financial assistance; or
    • a financial service; or
    • another service

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of an 'export sanctioned good' for Crimea or Sevastopol, to Crimea or Sevastopol, for use in Crimea or Sevastopol, or for the benefit of Crimea or Sevastopol

    without a sanctions permit.

  2. Australian law prohibits the provision to any persons of:
    • financial assistance; or
    • a financial service;

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, the import, purchase or transport of an 'import sanctioned good' for Crimea or Sevastopol that originates in, or is exported from, Crimea or Sevastopol

    without a sanctions permit.

  3. Australian law prohibits the provision to Crimea or Sevastopol, or to a person for use in Crimea or Sevastopol, of:
    • technical advice, assistance or training;
    • financial assistance;
    • a financial service; or
    • another service

    if it assists with, or is provided in relation to:

    • the manufacture, maintenance or use of an 'export sanctioned good' for Crimea or Sevastopol; or
    • engagement in a sanctioned commercial activity for Crimea or Sevastopol

    without a sanctions permit.

  4. Australian law prohibits the provision to a person of an investment service if it assists with, or is provided in relation to, a sanctioned commercial activity for Crimea or Sevastopol without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the import, procurement, purchase or transport of goods

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

Australian law prohibits the import, purchase or transport of the following 'import sanctioned goods' for Crimea or Sevastopol if the goods originate in, or are exported from, Crimea or Sevastopol:

  • all goods

without a sanctions permit.

This prohibition does not include goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol which have been made available to the Ukrainian authorities for examination and for which compliance with the conditions conferring entitlement to preferential origin has been verified by Ukrainian officials. 

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on commercial activities

Australian autonomous sanctions regime

  1. Australian law prohibits:
    • the granting by a person of any financial loan or credit; or
    • the establishment by a person of a joint venture;

    relating to:

    without a sanctions permit.

  2. Australian law prohibits the acquisition or extension by a person of an interest in an enterprise that was established in Crimea or Sevastopol and is engaged in:

    without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would otherwise contravene these prohibitions if the Minister is satisfied that it would be in the national interest to do so.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System(OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Regulations 3, 5C, 13A and 18 of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011

Targeted financial sanctions

Targeted financial sanctions have been imposed against 'designated' persons and entities from both Russia and Ukraine in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

Information about the Australian laws prohibiting dealing with a designated person or entity and dealing with controlled assets, is available from the Ukraine sanctions page.

Travel bans

Travel bans have been imposed against 'declared' persons from both Russia and Ukraine in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

Information about the declared persons prevented from travelling to, entering or remaining in Australia, is available from the Ukraine sanctions page.

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Last Updated: 10 August 2017