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April 18, 2022

BIS identifies Belarusian aircraft breaching US export controls

The list includes the first seven Belarusian aircraft identified since restrictions on Belarus were toughened.

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The US Commerce Department, through its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), said that it has identified ten additional aircraft that have apparently flouted the US export controls since restrictions on Belarus were tightened via regulation effective on 8 April 2022.

On 2 March of this year, the BIS imposed sanctions on aviation-related items destined to Belarus.

The sanctions, which were in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, covered specified aircraft or aircraft parts that Belarus has “enabled and supported”, according to the government agency.

BIS noted that the list includes the first seven Belarusian owned or operated commercial aircraft identified since restrictions on Belarus were toughened.

Last month, BIS under its rule also scrapped licence exception availability for aircraft that is registered, owned, controlled or under charter or lease by Russia or a national of Russia.

This month, the agency issued similar rules for planes registered in, owned, or controlled by, or under charter or lease by Belarus or a national of Belarus. 

It has also updated the tail numbers of 32 aircraft that are in the list to account for their purported re-registration in Russia.

The government agency said that it has allowed two aircraft to leave for Russia and will remove them from the list.

Aircraft identified on the list have left Russia or Belarus in apparent violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). 

“Since 9 April, 2022, based on publicly available information, BIS has identified a number of commercial aircraft being reexported from third countries to Belarus,” which are said to have been owned, controlled, under charter or leased to, Belarus or Belarusian nationals.

BIS notified to the public that providing any kind of services to these carriers would require its authorisation, failure of which could lead to fines, denial of export privileges, substantial jail time, among other curbs.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said: “Maintaining this list reinforces to Putin and his enablers that they are isolated from the world, and anyone who seeks to enable their aggression or flout our export controls, does so at their own peril. “The Department of Commerce will continue to exercise our legal authorities and ensure this message remains clear. We will continue working with our allies and partners to cut Russia and Belarus off from the global economy to maximise pressure on Putin and his military operations.”

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