On 25 October 2023, the Australian Government published two new designations (see here and here) (Designations) introducing new goods export sanctions for Russia and specified regions of Ukraine (being the Crimea, Sevastopol, Donetsk and Luhansk regions). Under the Designations, the following goods have been designated as “export sanctioned goods”:

  • inter changeable tools for hand tools or machine-tools (for example, for pressing, stamping, punching, tapping, threading, drilling, boring, broaching, milling, turning or screw driving), including dies for drawing or extruding metal, and rock drilling or earth boring tools;
  • nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances (and parts thereof); and
  • electrical machinery and equipment, sound recorders and reproducers, and television image and sound recorders and reproducers (and parts/accessories thereof).

The export of these goods to Russia and the specified regions of Ukraine is now blocked under sub-regulation 4(3) of the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011. The new export sanctions follow those previously introduced for Russia on certain luxury goods, arms or related material, aluminium and items for use in oil exploration. There are also existing export sanctions in place for Crimea and Sevastopol on certain infrastructure-related items in the transport, telecommunications, energy and resources sectors.