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Estonia prevents the import of banned bearings to Russia

Jun 6, 2023

The Tax and Customs Board has prevented the export of a batch of ball bearings to Russia that could be used in the Russian military industry.

This was reported by ERR.

A truck with a trailer heading to Russia was detained at the end of May at the Koidula border crossing in the Virumaa region in the northeast.

The driver provided the documents required to cross the border, but customs officers noticed some discrepancies and suspected that the goods being transported might be sanctioned.


The inspection revealed that the truck was trying to transport across the border 7,841 ball bearings, 215 covers for them, and 2,106 other bearings. The export of these items to the Russian Federation is prohibited due to sanctions.

The bearings are widely used in mechanical engineering, metallurgy, automation, and the military industry.

"This incident is the first case on the Estonian-Russian border," commented Ants Kutti, Head of the External Border Activities of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, adding that the driver of the truck with the cargo was turned away from the border.

Author - Olena Madiak, 06/06/2023

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