Russia Bans Coffee from Uganda

Ethiopia-banA ban on a range of vegetables, fruit, and flowers from Uganda was imposed by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance. The ban is aimed to fight contraband goods that might be shipped to Russia from Europe via African countries despite the sanctions.

Earlier this year the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance banned reexport of certain agricultural products from many African countries: Cameroon, Sierra Leone, DR Congo, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Nigeria, and others.

The Federal Service requested Uganda to provide information on the import volume, but never got any answer. After that the decision to introduce restrictions was made.

The list of banned products includes coffee which is expected to cause the increase in coffee prices. The approximate volume of coffee import from Uganda to Russia is about 2600 tons a year (


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