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crude oil and petroleum products

 

Prohibition

IMPORT

It shall be prohibited to purchase, import or transfer, directly or indirectly, crude oil or petroleum products, as listed in Annex XXV, if they originate in Russia or are exported from Russia.

It shall be prohibited to provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance, brokering services or financing or financial assistance, related to the transport, including through ship-to-ship transfers, to third countries of crude oil or petroleum products as listed in Annex XXV which originate in Russia or which have been exported from Russia.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

 It shall be prohibited to provide, directly or indirectly, technical assistance, [...] or any other services related to the prohibition [...]

BROKERING

It shall be prohibited to provide, directly or indirectly, [...], brokering services, [...] or any other services related to the prohibition [...]

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 It shall be prohibited to provide, directly or indirectly, [...] financing or financial assistance or any other services related to the prohibition [...]

Exceptions

The prohibitions [...] shall not apply:
     (a) until 5 December 2022, to one-off transactions for near-term delivery, concluded and executed before that date, or to the execution of contracts for the purchase, import or transfer of goods falling under CN 2709 00 concluded before 4 June 2022, or of ancillary contracts necessary for the execution of such contracts, provided that those contracts have been notified by the relevant Member States to the Commission by 24 June 2022 and that the one-off transactions for near-term delivery are notified by the relevant Member States to the Commission within 10 days of their completion;
        

 (b) until 5 February 2023, to one-off transactions for near-term delivery, concluded and executed before this date, or to the execution of contracts for the purchase, import or transfer of goods falling under CN 2710 concluded before 4 June 2022, or of ancillary contracts necessary for the execution of such contracts, provided that those contracts have been notified by the relevant Member States to the Commission by 24 June 2022 and that the one-off transactions for near-term delivery are notified by the relevant Member States to the Commission within 10 days of their completion;
        

 (c) to the purchase, import or transfer of seaborne crude oil and of petroleum products listed in Annex XXV where those goods originate in a third country and are only being loaded in, departing from or transiting through Russia, provided that both the origin and the owner of those goods are non-Russian;
         

(d) to crude oil falling under CN 2709 00 which is delivered by pipeline from Russia into Member States, until the Council decides that the prohibitions [...] shall apply.

The prohibition [...] shall not apply to:
     

(a) the execution until 5 December 2022 of contracts concluded before 4 June 2022, or of ancillary contracts necessary for the execution of such contracts; or
         

(b) the transport of crude oil or petroleum products as listed in Annex XXV where those goods originate in a third country and are only being loaded in, departing from or transiting through Russia, provided that both the origin and the owner of those goods are non-Russian.’;

Licence modalities. Notification to authorities.

If the supply of crude oil by pipeline from Russia to a landlocked Member State is interrupted for reasons outside the control of that Member State, seaborne crude oil from Russia falling under CN 2709 00 may be imported into that Member State, by way of an exceptional temporary derogation [...], until the supply is resumed or until the Council decision referred to in paragraph 3(d) applies with regard to that Member State, whichever is the earliest.


As of 5 December 2022, and by way of derogation [...], the competent authorities of Bulgaria may authorise the execution until 31 December 2024 of contracts concluded before 4 June 2022, or of ancillary contracts necessary for the execution of such contracts, for the purchase, import or transfer of seaborne crude oil and of petroleum products listed in Annex XXV originating in Russia or exported from Russia.


As of 5 February 2023, and by way of derogation [...], the competent authorities of Croatia may authorise until 31 December 2023 the purchase, import or transfer of vacuum gas oil falling under CN 2710 19 71 originating in Russia or exported from Russia, provided that the following conditions are fulfilled:
     

(a) no alternative supply of vacuum gas oil is available; and
    

(b) Croatia has notified the Commission, at least two weeks prior to the authorisation, of the grounds on which it considers that a specific authorisation should be granted, and the Commission has not objected within that period.


The goods imported following a derogation granted by a competent authority [...] shall not be sold on to buyers located in another Member State or in a third country.


The transfer or transport of crude oil delivered by pipeline into Member States as referred to [...] to other Member States or to third countries, or its sale to purchasers in other Member States or in third countries, shall be prohibited.
All consignments and containers of such crude oil shall be clearly marked as 'REBCO: export prohibited'.


As from 5 February 2023, where crude oil has been delivered by pipeline into a Member State as referred to [...], it shall be prohibited to transfer or transport petroleum products falling under CN 2710 which are obtained from such crude oil to other Member States or to third countries, or to sell such petroleum products to purchasers in other Member States or in third countries.


By way of temporary derogation, the prohibitions referred to in the third subparagraph shall apply as from 5 December 2023 to the import and transfer into Czechia, and to the sale to purchasers in Czechia, of petroleum products obtained from crude oil which has been delivered by pipeline into another Member State as referred to [...]. If alternative supplies for such petroleum products are made available to Czechia before that date, the Council shall terminate that temporary derogation.


During the period until 5 December 2023, the volumes of such petroleum products imported into Czechia from other Member States shall not exceed the average volumes imported into Czechia from those other Member States over the same period during the previous five years.


The prohibitions [...] shall not apply to purchases in Russia of goods listed in Annex XXV which are required in order to meet the essential needs of the purchaser in Russia or of humanitarian projects in Russia.


Member States shall report to the Commission by no later than 8 June 2022 and every three months thereafter on the amounts of crude oil falling under CN 2709 00 imported by pipeline, as referred to [...]. Such import figures shall be broken down per pipeline. In the event that the exceptional temporary derogation referred to [...] applies with regard to a landlocked Member State, that Member State shall report to the Commission every three months on the amounts of seaborne crude oil falling under CN 2709 00 which it imports from Russia, for as long as that derogation applies.


During the period until 5 December 2023 referred to [...], Member States shall report to the Commission every three months on the amounts which they export to Czechia of petroleum products falling under CN 2710 obtained from crude oil which has been delivered by pipeline as referred to [...].

Products concerned

CN Code / Description

2709 00 Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude

2710 Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils

Legal Source

Council Regulation (EU) 833/2014 of 31 July 2014 concerning certain restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine. Article 3m, 3n, Annex XXV

The EU Regulation is directly applicable in all EU Member States.

The EU Regulation is based on EU Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP of 31 July 2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine. Article 4l