EU shifts course permitting carriage of Russian coal to third countries

The EU ”clarifies” its interpretation of sanctioned Russian coal, now saying cargoes to third countries are allowed. Sanction lawyer says carriers have incurred economic losses due to the EU’s hitherto regulatory interpretation.

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Bulker shipping companies in fact may haul coal from Russia to third countries outside the EU, with operators and traders also permitted with deal in coal not imported to union territory, states the EU in updated guidance, FAQs, starkly contrasted to the prior issuance from August.

Here, the EU position on Russian sanctions was that the transport ban applied both to cargoes bound for the EU as well as third countries.

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