The media reported cases of seizures in Europe of cars with Russian license plates, experts explained this by interpreting the sanctions


The cases of arrest of cars with Russian numbers in Germany are a rough reading of the sanctions rules that prohibit the export of cars from Russia to the European Union. This was stated by the lawyer, partner of BGP Litigation Sergey Glandin in a conversation with RBC.

“In my opinion, here we are dealing with the kurtosis of the performer. For some reason, the German authorities considered the simple import of a car into the EU as an export. But export is a slightly different story, when a person comes to the territory of another country and wants to sell it there,” Mr. Glandin said. He noted that the European Commission did not specify whether the simple import of a car into Germany is considered an export.

Vladislav Starzhenetsky, Associate Professor of the Department of International Law at the Higher School of Economics, also called the cases of arrest of cars of individuals an excess of the perpetrator and a manifestation of “a very original interpretation of European sanctions.”

Mr. Starzhenetsky explained that Berlin proceeds from the fact that cars appearing in the temporary import regime on the territory of the EU violate the import ban – article 3i of the regulation, but the cars were imported for personal purposes, and not for sale. According to him, in this case, the seizure of the car “looks like a fundamental violation of property rights.”

Previously, the confiscation of private cars with Russian numbers was reported by Fontanka. So, the car was confiscated from a resident of St. Petersburg, Sergei. He, along with his wife and two small children, has been traveling around Europe since the end of May. According to the publication, they entered the EU through Norway on a French Schengen visa, passed through Finland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, and then traveled through Germany towards Scandinavia on the Stockholm-Helsinki ferry. Not far from Hamburg, German customs officers demanded to stop, unloaded things and took the car away on a tow truck, citing sanctions.

At the German customs office in response to a request TASS reported that the EU directly or indirectly prohibited the import of sanctioned goods from Russia. “Customs exercises control over compliance with EU anti-Russian sanctions in the field of import, export and transit of goods. In case of detection of possible violations of sanctions when entering individuals, the customs authorities act within their powers,” they said.

Olesya Pavlenko

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