Updated at 13:31,08-06-2021

Belarus Bans Import Of Skoda, NIVEA And Other Brands For “Unfriendly Actions Towards People”

TUT.BY / BelarusFeed

Belarus Bans Import Of Skoda, NIVEA And Other Brands For “Unfriendly Actions Towards People”
To ensure the protection of national interests, “taking into account unfriendly actions towards the Belarusian people”, the government has established a list of goods prohibited for import and sale on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. The corresponding decision is enshrined in the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of April 23, 2021 No. 240, the press service of the Prime Minister reports.

The document was adopted on the basis of presidential decree No. 128 of March 30, 2021 “On the Application of Special Measures”. The list of prohibited goods includes the goods of the LIQUI MOLY, ŠKODA AUTO and BEIERSDORF groups of companies (trademarks NIVEA, EUCERIN, LA PRAIRIE, LABELLO, HANSAPLAST, FLORENA, 8X4 , “SKIN STORIES”, “GAMMON”, “TESA”, “CHAUL”, “COPPERTONE”, “HIDROFUGAL”, “STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME”).

The decree also approved the Regulation on the procedure for the prohibited goods.

In the event that prohibited goods are identified when imported into Belarus, such goods will be subject to re-export from the territory of the country. In the event that prohibited goods are identified in retail outlets, markets, exhibitions, fairs, online stores and internet, the persons engaged in such trade will be issued an order to prohibit their sale.

The resolution does not apply to goods imported by citizens into Belarus for personal use, vehicles specified in the resolution, which are registered in the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as vehicles temporarily imported into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The decree also defines the procedure for the sale of the remaining goods imported into our country before the decree came into force. Persons who violate the ban on the import of prohibited goods into Belarus and their sale will be prosecuted in accordance with the law. The main points of the decree come into force ten days after the official publication of the document. The established list of prohibited goods is valid for six months.

Recall that Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree in March which provides for the introduction of a ban on the import into Belarus of certain categories of goods and the import of works and services performed by legal entities and individuals of states that have imposed sanctions against Belarusian legal entities or individuals. The Council of Ministers must establish a specific list of goods, works (services) and, if necessary, foreign legal entities and individuals.

The EU has already introduced three packages of sanctions due to human rights violations and fraud in the presidential elections in Belarus. The first sanctions package was adopted by the EU on 2 October, it affected 40 Belarusian officials – security officials (representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the KGB) and members of the CEC, in respect of whom personal restrictions were imposed.

The second package of sanctions was adopted on 6 November: the EU imposed restrictive measures on Alexander Lukashenko and 14 high-ranking officials. On 17 December, the EU adopted the third package of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities and business. The list includes 29 individuals and seven legal entities.

Recall that in January, NIVEA, one of the main advertisers of the sporting event, announced that it would not sponsor the World Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk this year. Later it was reported that Nivea products may soon disappear from the shelves of Belarusian stores. Individual entrepreneurs who sell these products reported that importers offered to buy more, as there could be supply problems on the Belarusian market.

In March it became known that the big wholesale company Mostra Group no longer sells Nivea brand products in Belarus. After Nivea refused to sponsor the World Ice Hockey Championship in view of the human rights situation in the country, some Belarusians, in return, began to buy up the products of this brand. Skoda and Liqui Moly were also among those who refused to sponsor the tournament if it takes place in Belarus.