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The last wave of bans in 2022! Dozens more imports and exports have been banned or suspended!

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Since December, Uzbekistan, Laos, Russia, Zimbabwe and other countries have banned the import and export of a wide range of goods. Relevant foreign trade enterprises need to pay timely attention to policy trends, effectively avoid risks, reduce economic losses.
 
 
 
 
 
Uzbekistan
 
A complete halt to gas exports
 
Uztransgaz Chairman Narmatov said recently that domestic gas consumption has increased due to the cold weather, China News Service reported. To protect domestic demand, the country stopped exporting natural gas altogether.
 
The suspension of liquefied petroleum gas exports until the end of the year
 
Uzbekistan has suspended exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) until the end of the year to meet growing domestic demand as the country faces severe energy shortages, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
 
 
Laos
 
Suspend iron ore mining and export projects
 
According to the Metallurgical Information Network, the Lao government has decided to suspend iron ore mining and export projects because of the declining price of iron ore on the world market. The Lao government will not accept the proposal to explore, mine and export iron ore in the form of pilot projects.
 
 
Indonesia
 
 
 
Exports of bauxite will be banned
 
Indonesia will ban the export of bauxite from June 2023, Caiyan reported on December 21. Indonesia's president said the move was to encourage the development of onshore bauxite processing. When it is ready, the export of other raw materials will be banned.
 
 
Kazakhstan
 
Proposed extension of the ban on the export of gasoline and other petroleum products by road
 
Kazakhstan plans to extend its ban on the export of gasoline and other petroleum products by road for another six months, the fax news agency reported recently.
 
 
Myanmar
 
Avocados may be suspended next year
 
According to Myanmar Golden Phoenix News, fruit traders said that although Myanmar's avocado export market and prices are good, due to the current export policy and exchange rate situation, may have to stop exporting next year.
 
 
Vietnam
 
Imports of cheap rice may be tightened
 
According to the Economic and Trade Department of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam and Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam's rice imports from India have surged since 2020. By 2021, Vietnam will import nearly 1 million tons of rice, 72 percent of which will be Indian rice. Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade is concerned that large quantities of low-price and low-quality rice imports will affect domestic production and indirectly affect food security. It believes it is necessary to formulate rice import regulations and tighten import policies.
 
 
Nepal
 
Stop exporting electricity to India in winter
 
Nepal has stopped exporting electricity to India this year and has started importing from India due to falling production due to falling river levels in winter, the Republic reported on December 20.
 
 
Oman
 
Plastic bag imports will be banned from 2023
 
Oman will ban the import of plastic bags from January 1, 2023, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion announced, the Oman News Agency reported. The decision is expected to support local factories by limiting "unfair" competition. The ministry will work with the Oman Environment Agency to move away from the plastics industry to greener industries in the future.
 
 
Sri Lanka
 
Implement a licensing policy for rice imports
 
According to the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as Finance minister, issued a notice, announcing that Sri Lanka will restrict the import of rice from December 9, that is, implement a licensing policy for the import of rice, milled rice and steamed rice, but rice that has been shipped before December 9 will be allowed to import before December 23.
 
 
European Union
 
Ban the import and export of goods linked to deforestation
 
On December 6th the European Union reached a provisional agreement to ban imports and exports of goods that may be linked to deforestation. According to the agreement, the commodities covered include coffee, cocoa, soybeans, palm oil, beef, wood and furniture. If these goods and their supply chains are linked to practices such as deforestation, they will not be allowed to be imported into the EU for sale or exported from the EU.
 
Ban on export of waste
 
The European Parliament's Environment committee (ENVI) voted on December 1 to amend the EU Waste transport Regulation to ban the export of waste and to introduce stronger safeguard precautions for the transport of waste within the EU, according to Waste Plastic New Watch.
 
A ban on new investment in Russian mining
 
According to CaiAP, on December 7, local time, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the European Commission adopted the ninth round of draft sanctions against Russia. The European Commission has proposed further economic sanctions against Russia's energy and mining sectors, including a ban on new investment in Russia's mining sector.
 
Ethoxy quinoline is officially banned
 
In accordance with Commission Regulation 202/1375, the EU has officially added the synthetic antioxidant ethoxyquin to the banned list. In addition to fish meal imported into the EU, it is prohibited to import any agricultural products that have been fed feed containing it.
 
 
Russia
 
The rice export ban was extended for six months
 
In order to ensure the Russian Federation's food security, the government of the Russian Federation has decided to extend the rice export ban for another six months, temporarily banning the export of rice and rice grains from the Russian Federation from January 1 to June 30, 2023, according to the China Chamber of Commerce for Imports and Exports of Native livestock.
 
Part of Gazprom's business dealings with companies or individuals in "unfriendly countries" are prohibited
 
According to chinanews.com.cn, Putin signed a presidential decree on December 22, banning Gazprom and its subsidiaries from doing some business until October 1, 2023, with companies and individuals linked to countries that have acted unfriendly towards Russia and its citizens.
 
Extend the ban on exchanges in which citizens of "unfriendly countries" hold stakes in strategic Russian companies
 
On Dec 5, Putin signed a decree extending until the end of 2023 restrictions that prevent citizens of "unfriendly countries" from trading their shares in strategic companies and underground resource extraction projects in Russia, CCTV News reported.
 
 
A list of countries banned from trading Russian oil will be issued
 
Russian authorities have reached an agreement on counter-measures to the G7's oil price cap, and a draft presidential executive order has gained general consensus, two sources familiar with the matter confirmed, according to Caiyonhap. According to the draft, Russian energy companies would not be allowed to trade with a country participating in the oil price cap scheme, or if the buyer requires or sets in the contract a price of Russian oil no higher than a certain figure, similar to $60 per barrel.
 
 
United States
 
Add Russia and other multinational entities to the Export Control List
 
The Biden administration on December 7 added 24 companies and other entities to an "export control list" for providing support to Russia's military or defense industrial base, Pakistan's nuclear program or Iran's electronics companies that is contrary to what it called "U.S. national security and foreign policy interests," Reuters reported, citing documents on a U.S. government website.
 
Will impose export controls on drones and parts from Iran
 
The Biden administration is set to announce new export controls on Iranian drones and drone parts, CaiAP reported on December 22. Reports said the export controls were announced to coincide with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to the United States and could be part of a larger sanctions package against Iran.
 
New York will ban the sale of animals in pet stores by 2024
 
Pet retailers will be banned from selling dogs, cats and rabbits in New York State in December 2024 under a new law signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on December 15 to prevent so-called pet factories from supplying the animals, according to Caiya.
 
 
Zimbabwe
 
Strict restrictions on the export of raw lithium
 
The Zimbabwean government will impose strict restrictions on raw lithium exports from December 21, according to a document from Zimbabwe's Ministry of Minerals and Mining Development, Caixin reported. Minister Winston Chitando said Zimbabwean miners would not be allowed to export any lithium-containing ore or unrefined lithium metal from Zimbabwe to other countries unless they obtained written permission from the minister.
 
 
Ivory Coast
 
The export of crude and refined palm oil was suspended
 
According to the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Embassy in Cote d 'Ivoire, the Rubber and Palm Oil Council of Cote d 'Ivoire announced in a communique that in order to ensure the domestic market supply, the export of crude and refined palm oil will be suspended from December 12, subject to the time when the Rubber and Palm Oil Council issues export permits to exporters.
 
 
Japan
 
The provision of war risks to ships in Russian waters will be suspended
 
Japanese insurance companies will suspend offering war insurance to ships sailing in Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian waters from January 1, 2023, and have informed the relevant shipping companies, according to the news agency. This change will have a big impact on Japan's energy import map.
 
 
South Korea
 
Once again expand the scope of disposable products prohibited
 
In an effort to reduce plastic waste, South Korea has banned the sale of disposable plastic bags in large stores since 2019, according to CCTV Finance. South Korea has once again expanded its ban on disposable products to include convenience stores, bakeries and sports facilities. The Environment Ministry has decided to reduce the use of disposable products for a one-year transition period. In case of violation, no fine shall be imposed temporarily.
 
 
India
 
Asked Google to stop showing online gambling ads
 
India has asked Google to stop displaying ads for overseas gambling companies, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
 
 
Mexico
 
The ban on genetically modified corn could come into force by 2025
 
Mexico's President Leopoldo Lopez has signed a decree banning genetically modified corn and ceratine from 2024. But recently Mexican officials said they were working on a proposal to overhaul the plan, including extending the transition period. Mexico's Economy Minister, Rachel Buenrostro, announced on Dec. 7 a proposal to extend the moratorium on genetically modified corn by one year, from 2024 to 2025.
 
 
Canada
 
The ban on foreign home buyers will take effect in 2023
 
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced on December 21 that all foreign companies and individuals will be barred from buying residential property in Canada, according to the website. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2023 and last for two years.
 
 

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