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Belarus has extended until the end of this year the ban on the import of a number of Western food products into the country, according to a government decree published on Wednesday on the National Legal Internet Portal.

From January 1, 2022, Belarus imposed a food embargo on a wide range of goods from a number of Western countries that had previously imposed sanctions on Minsk for six months. In particular, it concerns goods originating from the EU countries, as well as the USA, Canada, Norway, Albania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Great Britain, Montenegro, Switzerland, later it was decided to include goods from Serbia and Liechtenstein in the list.

The list of products prohibited for import and sale in Belarus includes live pigs, cattle meat, pork, sausages, offal, confectionery, milk, nuts, fruits. There are more than 20 product groups in total.

The decree of the government of Belarus contains a number of exemptions and exceptions.

In early February, the authorities said the embargo imposed by Minsk did not negatively affect the consumer market of Belarus, either in terms of assortment or in terms of prices.

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