An update on developments in Ukraine

Everyone at Staffordshire Chambers hopes there will soon be a peaceful resolution to the situation in Ukraine. Our thoughts are with all those affected in Ukraine and across our Global Network.

A full-scale attack was launched by Russia on Ukraine in the early hours of this morning. Revised UK sanctions on Russia were announced earlier this week. These will be strengthened during the day. We will provide further updates as they become available.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) recommend that concerned companies trading with Ukraine and Russia contact the Export Support Service (ESS) on 0300-3030-8955. The ESS helpline hours are being extended between now and the end of the weekend, from 08:00 – 22:00 Thursday-Sunday inclusive. DIT will review this on Monday to examine the case for out of hours provision. Alternatively, companies can access the ESS landing page which also features a dedicated link for Ukraine and Russia enquiries.

EU sanctions came into force late last night, including import bans from Donetsk and Luhansk, and export bans on selected goods and services to those territories. These will apply to EU commercial entities.

The British Chambers of Commerce is assessing the business impact and has written to the UK government today to ask about the support available for business. We will provide further information as and when we receive it from UK government.

You can contact the Chambers’ International Trade team, here.

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