The Australian Government has banned the export of luxury goods to Russia, including wine and spirits, which includes both direct and indirect exports that happen through third party companies and countries.

The ban prohibits the supply, sale or transfer of “wines (including sparkling wines), spirits and spirituous beverages” directly or indirectly to, for use in, or the benefit of Russia. This means producers that third party exporters or distributors need to take reasonable steps to ensure products are not exported to Russia.

In a media statement, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne said: “These sanctions target President Putin and his wealthy enablers, not ordinary Russian consumers. They are being undertaken in coordination with key partners to restrict the Russian elite’s access to such goods. The European Union and the United States already have bans in effect. Japan’s ban will enter into force today, and the United Kingdom’s ban is due to follow soon.

“The Australian Government is deeply committed to imposing the highest costs on Russia for President Putin’s illegal and unprovoked war.

“This ban follows our targeted financial sanctions on President Putin, members of his Government, Russian oligarchs, propagandists and disinformation operatives, as well as senior Russian military leaders. It also follows our ban on the export of alumina and bauxite to Russia.

“The Australian Government reiterates our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the people of Ukraine.”

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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