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March 15, 2022

Canada announces update to sanctions related to Russia

Following the 24 February 2022 announcement of additional sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations and the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations,1 from 3 March 2022 to 10 March 2022, Canada further amended the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations and removed Russia and Belarus from entitlement to Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff treatment.

On 3 March 2022, the Department of Finance Canada issued the MFN Withdrawal Order (2022-1),removing Russia and Belarus from entitlement to MFN treatment under the Customs Tariff effective 2 March 2022.The issuance of this Order results in the application of the General Tariff for goods imported into Canada that originate from Russia or Belarus. Under the General Tariff, a tariff rate of 35% ad valorem will now be applicable on virtually all imports originating from Russia and Belarus.4 The Order is implemented under section 31 of the Customs Tariff and applies for 180 days unless extended by a resolution adopted by both Houses of Parliament.5

On 4 March 2022, Canada amended the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (Regulations) to add 10 executives in the Russian energy sector working for the state-owned or controlled oil entities Rosneft or Gazprom,6 as listed in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Regulations as amended.7

On 6 March 2022, the Regulations were further amended to add 10 current or former senior government officials and their close associates, as well as agents of disinformation, as listed in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Regulations as amended.8 The 6 March amendment also prohibits any ship that is registered in Russia or used, leased or chartered, in whole or part, by, on behalf of or for the benefit of Russia, a person in Russia or a designated person from docking in Canada or passing through Canadian waters.9

On 10 March 2022, the Regulations were amended once more to add 32 defense entities, most of which are owned by the Russian state or have contracts with the Government of Russia.10 Additionally, the amendment adds five individuals who are current and former senior officials and associates of the Russian regime.11 Furthermore, any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada is prohibited from importing specific petroleum products listed in a new Schedule 5 to the Regulations:12


Goods description

Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System Code


Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude



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



Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons



For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:

Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Toronto



  1. See EY Global Tax Alert, Canada imposes new sanctions on Russia and ceases issuance of export permits for exports of goods to Russia, dated 4 March 2022.

  2. Canada cuts Russia and Belarus from Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff treatment -, 3 March 2022.

  3. Customs Notice 22-02: Order withdrawing the Most-Favoured-Nation status from Russia and Belarus (, 3 March 2022.

  4. Canada cuts Russia and Belarus from Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff treatment -, 3 March 2022.

  5. Customs Tariff Act (S.C. 1997, c. 36), s. 31 and s. 32.

  6. Canadian Sanctions Related to Russia (, 4 March 2022.

  7. SOR/2022-046.

  8. SOR/2022-048.

  9. SOR/2022-047.

  10. SOR/2022-052.

  11. SOR/2022-053.

  12. SOR/2022-052.


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