Bruxelles - In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the EU imposed eight sanctions on that nation, eight of which pertain to the rubber industry.
"Prepared rubber accelerators; compound plasticisers for rubber or plastics, n.e.s.; anti-oxidizing preparations and other compound stabilisers for rubber and plastics" are among the rubber chemicals on the EU import restrictions list.
Import limits on petroleum goods may also have an impact on the rubber industry, albeit a study by the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) found no mention of carbon black on the list.
The import of Russian-made "equipment for working rubber or plastics or for manufacturing items from these materials," as well as rubber processing moulds, is however covered by the EU sanctions package.
On the list of restricted imports, there are two specific references to rubber: footwear with rubber outside soles and bedding items such mattresses, pillows, and cushions that are internally packed with cellular rubber.
Beadwire is now prohibited from being imported or purchased when it is manufactured in a third nation that incorporates iron and steel goods that originated in Russia, according to ETRMA. This prohibition will take effect on September 30, 2023.
The EU formerly prohibited trading in a variety of rubber goods as "goods which could assist in particular to the improvement of Russian industrial capacities" in terms of exports