US Bans Russian Vessels From US Ports – Export Controls and Trade and Investment Sanctions

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Yesterday, the White House issued a proclamation barring Russian-affiliated vessels from entering U.S. ports in response to Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine, effective April 28, 2022. Prohibited vessels include vessels flying Russian flag, vessels owned by Russian persons and vessels which are Russian operated. The order authorizes the US Department of Homeland Security to issue regulations to implement the ban.

Russian ships carrying certain nuclear materials or needing to dock at a US port to “perform crew changes, emergency medical care or other humanitarian needs” are exempt from the ban.

The US move follows similar actions by the European Union and Canada.

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