BRUSSELS—When the European Union adopted its 10th package of sanctions against Russia to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the nation's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, it included a ban on imports of Russian synthetic rubber and carbon black.
But the ban for those critical materials for the tire and rubber product industries comes with a caveat: It won't take effect until July 1, 2024.
In the meantime, there will be quotas in place that will allow Russian imports of 562,973 metric tons of synthetic rubber and 752,475 tons of carbon black, totals based on historical import data, a spokeswoman for the European Commission told Rubber News.
Poland, in negotiations leading up to the adoption of the new sanctions, had requested that the ban on SR be part of the package.
There was opposition to Poland's request, however, as it was reported that several EU nations were against banning the imports, as tire manufacturers from these nations in the past have relied on Russian supply to meet its production needs.
In addition, about 54 percent of Europe's total carbon black capacity historically has come from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. This led to shortages early in the war that impacted tire and other rubber product manufacturing in the EU.