The Russian government has imposed a temporary ban on the export of foreign medical devices from the country, and a decree to this effect was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, according to the Cabinet website.
According to the document, it is impossible to export medical devices from Russia, which are delivered from countries that joined the sanctions and are now in importers’ warehouses or are subject to customs procedures.
“The government’s decision will prevent a shortage of medical devices on the territory of Russia due to the restrictive measures imposed by hostile countries,” the government said.
The decree states that the ban will not affect the export of goods in order to ensure the activities of Russian military units located on the territory of foreign countries and Russian organizations in Baikonur and the Svalbard archipelago.
In addition, the ban does not apply to the export of medical devices for the purpose of “moving within the framework of international transit traffic that begins and ends outside the territory of Russia, as well as Russian goods moving between parts of the territory of Russia through the territory of foreign countries.”
The ban on the export of medical devices from the country will be in effect until December 31, 2022.
Market participants told Vedomosti that imported medical products, including equipment and consumables, increased their prices from distributors by 20-70% after the start of a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 and the imposition of economic sanctions against Russia.