BelAZ encountered difficulties in sending automotive parts to Europe due to sanctions

    Belarusian Automobile Plant (BelAZ) affected by EU sanctions was unable to send automotive parts to Bosnia and Herzegovina, since the Lithuanian customs refused to let the cargo through and returned it to Belarus, INTERFAX/BNS reports.

    According to customs information, the cargo of auto spare parts weighing almost 15 tons was checked at the Medininkai border control point, the cost of the cargo is more than $ 214,000. The batch of auto spare parts was returned because EU sanctions were imposed on BelAZ on the sale and supply of goods.

    Earlier, in September, it was forbidden to export another cargo of this Belarusian enterprise through the Klaipeda port – 18 containers with spare parts for four BelAZ dump trucks. The cargo destination was Chile.

    As reported, on June 21, 2021, EU sanctions came into force against 78 Belarusian individuals and eight organizations due to the situation with human rights violations in Belarus. In particular, the sanctions apply to Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), BelAZ and Belaeronavigatsia.

    The USA, the UK and Canada expanded the sanctions lists alongside with the EU.

    The sanctions are the EU’s response to an emergency landing in Minsk of a Ryanair plane flying from Athens to Vilnius on 23 May, following an unconfirmed mining report. One of the passengers was Roman Protasevich, the founder of the Nexta Telegram channel recognized as extremist in Belarus; he was detained. European countries stated that Minsk forced the plane to land at its airport under a vain pretext. The EU Council has banned Belarusian aircraft carriers from using its airports and airspace and recommended European airlines not to enter Belarusian airspace.