Additional duties have been imposed by the UK government on a number of commodities originating in Russia and Belarus. The new duties will take effect on 25 March.

Russian and Belarusian items that have already left the country before the new tariffs take effect on 25 March are exempt. Before 25 March, the products must have fulfilled Russian or Belarusian export requirements and exited those countries. The respective additional duties for Russia can be found here and the additional duties for Belarus can be found here.

Furthermore, the UK government indicated that it also proposes to impose further duties on Russian and Belarussian seafood imports. This action will be implemented in due course, pending more research into the sector specific impacts.


Lionel has joined Baker McKenzie as Customs Lead in February 2022. Lionel has 20+ years of experience in the field of Customs, International Trade, Excises & Energy Levy. Lionel is lecturer at the UIA (Antwerp) & ULG (Liege). He is in charge of the Customs, Excises & International Trade Course at the Solvay Tax MBA.


Jaap Huenges Wajer is an associate in the Indirect Tax Team in Baker McKenzie’s Amsterdam office. His practice is focused on advising national and international companies in all value added tax, customs and excise duty related matters. More specific, the emphasis for his advising role regards structuring of international sale and supply chains, optimizing inbound transactions in respect to customs, the litigation in value added tax, customs and excise duty matters. He advises clients across a number of sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, energy and consumer goods. Furthermore, he advises various real estate projects, ranging from single building blocks, including offices and residential, to larger international real estate portfolios.