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The Coordination Commission on International Sanctions discusses the EC's guidance with respect to the transit of goods via Lithuania

Created: 2022.07.20 / Updated: 2022.07.20 14:40
    The Coordination Commission on International Sanctions discusses the EC's guidance with respect to the transit of goods via Lithuania

    On 19 July, the Coordination Commission on International Sanctions (hereinafter referred to as the 'Commission') held a meeting to discuss the European Commission's updated guidance of 13 July 2022 with respect to the unanimous application of restrictive measures.

    To ensure the proper and unanimous application of sanctions by Lithuania, the Commission has agreed on the principles for the implementation of the EC's guidance, including the transport of essential goods and the ban on the transit through the EU territory of military and dual use goods and technology.

    The principles apply to all the restrictions set out in Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 with all the amendments introduced so far and possible future additions.

    The Commission has recommended that competent authorities follow these criteria when performing controls of the transit:

    - Trade volumes shall be calculated on the basis of volumes of essential goods transported by rail;

    - Annual averages of the goods in question shall be calculated based on the calendar year, which starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December;

    - Transit volumes for 2022 shall remain within the historical averages of the last 3 years, calculated based on the calendar year, which started on 1 January 2019;

    - The three-year annual average shall be determined based on the groups of goods, as set out in the Regulation (with all amendments and additions) and the Annexes thereto, and the commodity codes assigned to the goods in question.

    When performing controls of the transit through Lithuania, competent authorities shall stop the transit and detain goods, if their annual average is exceeded.

    According to the Law on International Sanctions, which is currently in force in Lithuania, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is the competent authority that ensures the smooth implementation of sanctions in the field of communication in Lithuania, while the Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance monitors international trade, including the import of goods from third countries to Lithuania. The proper application of EU sanctions is a direct responsibility of economic actors.

    Bearing in mind that it is not clear whether sanctioned luxury goods fall within the category of essential goods, the Commission has proposed further consultations with the EC on this matter.

     

     

     

     

     

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