From April 1, Kazakhstan will launch an online system that will track the path of goods for re-export from the border to the final destination in order to prevent circumvention of sanctions against Russia. This is reported by the Financial Times with reference to a senior official, whose name was not disclosed. Also, information about the introduction of control appeared on the Eurasianet portal.
The country intends to control goods amid Western efforts to prevent foreign companies and individuals from helping Russia circumvent sanctions. The source noted that Kazakhstan “understands the risks of secondary sanctions, therefore, monitors trade with all partners.” Kazakhstan is "constantly working to reduce the risks" of re-exports, the interlocutor stressed.
According to the publication, after several packages of sanctions were introduced against Russia, the trade turnover between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan increased significantly. It is assumed that goods included in the sanctions lists are imported to Russia through Kazakhstan, including “dual-use” goods that can be used in the military industry.
After the imposition of sanctions and the refusal of Western companies to supply their goods to Russia, the country began to import goods without the official permission of the copyright holders, using the phrase "parallel imports".