In accordance with the Law on the Implementation of Economic and other International Sanctions (IX-2160),The Ministry of Transport and Communications, Lithuanian transport safety administration (LTSA) and Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) are designated as the National Competent Authority for supervision of the implementation of transport and communication sanctions in the Republic of Lithuania.
The main sanctions related to the transport sector, which are mandatory for the Lithuanian economic entities, are listed below. Please note that the list is not exhaustive or definitive. The Council of the European Union may amend the sanctions list in response to the situation that has led to the imposition of sanctions on Russia and Belarus.
All questions regarding the implementation of transport and communication sanctions should be directed to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, LTSA or RRT, depending on the nature of the issue, by e-mail: [email protected].
For other questions unrelated to the transport and communication sanctions, please contact the Competent Authorities specified by the Law.
AVIATION AND AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS
- It is prohibited for any aircraft operated by Russian air carriers or for any Russian registered aircraft, or for any non-Russian-registered aircraft which is owned or chartered, or otherwise controlled by any Russian natural or legal person, entity or body, to land in, take off from or overfly the territory of the Union. (EU 2022/334)
- It is prohibited for any aircraft operated by Belarusian air carriers, to land in, take off from or overfly the territory of the Union (EU 2021/907)
SEAPORTS AND MARITIME NAVIGATION
- It is prohibited to provide access after 16 April 2022 to ports in the territory of the Union to any vessel registered under the flag of Russia. This applies to vessels that have changed their Russian flag or their registration, to the flag or register of any other State after 24 February 2022. (EU 2022/576)
- It is prohibited, as of 24 July 2023, to provide access to ports and locks in the territory of the Union, by
any vessel performing ship-to-ship transfers, at any point of the voyage to a Member State’s ports or locks, if the competent authority has reasonable cause to suspect that the vessel is in breach of the prohibitions set out in Article 3m(1) and (2) and Article 3n(1) and (4).
- It is prohibited, as of 24 July 2023, to provide access to ports and locks in the territory of the Union by any vessel which the competent authority has reasonable cause to suspect of illegally interfering with, switching off or otherwise disabling its shipborne automatic identification system at any point of the voyage to a Member State’s ports or locks, in breach of SOLAS Regulation V/19, point 2.4, when transporting crude oil or petroleum products subject to the prohibitions set out in Article 3m(1) and (2) and Article 3n(1) and (4).
- It is prohibited for any road transport undertaking established in Russia to transport goods by road within the territory of the Union, including in transit. The prohibition does not apply to mail as a universal service and goods in transit through the Union between the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation and other parts of Russia, provided that the transported goodsare not otherwise prohibited under this Regulation. (EU 2022/576)
- The prohibition applies to the transport of goods within the territory of the Union by road transport undertakings, carried out by means of trailers or semi-trailers registered in Russia, including if those trailers or semi-trailers are hauled by trucks registered in other countries.
- It is prohibited for any road transport undertaking established in Belarus to transport goods by road within the territory of the Union, including in transit.The prohibition does not apply to mail as a universal service. (EU 2022/577)
- A general provision for the authorisation of the transport of goods by a road transport undertaking established in Russia or Belarus — the transport of goods by a road transport undertaking established in Russia or Belarus may be authorised only if the necessity has been determined to use such a road transport undertaking (established in Russia or Belarus) specifically. An increase in costs, existing pre-sanctioned contracts, etc. do not fall under the category of necessity. A necessity – when there is no other technical alternative (e.g., there is no required vehicle type in Europe).
- For the authorisations, all the requests should be sent to [email protected].
- Each request will be examined and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Other authorities might be consulted, when/if necessary. The Regulation gives the Competent authority the right, but not the obligation, to grant permissions, when it is deemed to be justified by the necessity factor. The authorisation/permission will be granted in exceptional cases only if the Competent authority concludes that there is clear evidence of the absence of technical alternatives (for transportation not by a road transport undertaking established in Russia or Belarus). The full burden of proof is borne by the applicant.
- Only the authorisation/permission, issued by Lithuanian competent authority is valid in Lithuania.
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