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25 Feb 2022

Ukraine update

Following the dreadful news coming out of Ukraine yesterday. All of us at the Chamber hope there will soon be a quick and peaceful resolution.

Our thoughts are with all those affected in Ukraine and across the Globe.

  • A full-scale attack was launched by Russia on Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning. Revised UK sanctions on Russia were announced earlier this week. These may be strengthened in due course and we will provide further updates as they become available.
  • The Department for International Trade (DIT) recommend that concerned companies trading with Ukraine and Russia contact the Export Support Service (ESS) on 0300-3030-8955. The ESS helpline hours are being extended between now and the end of the weekend, from 08:00 – 22:00 Thursday-Sunday inclusive. DIT will review this on Monday to examine the case for out of hours provision. Alternatively, companies can access the ESS landing page which also features a dedicated link for Ukraine and Russia enquiries.
  • EU sanctions came into force late Wednesday night, including import bans from Donetsk and Luhansk, and export bans on selected goods and services to those territories. These will apply to EU commercial entities.

We will continue to offer updates as the situation continues to develop.