Russia-related Sanctions and Export Restrictions

Russia-related Sanctions and Export Restrictions

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. government has taken swift action to impose severe export restrictions and financial sanctions on Russia, Belarus, and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), and Crimea regions of Ukraine, as well as individuals and entities supporting the Russian government in these regions.

These regulations are rapidly changing and may impact current or future collaborations, shipments, travel, and financial transactions.

Please find a summary of the most recent restrictions below.


FedEx, UPS, and DHL have suspended deliveries to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine due to the current conflict in Ukraine. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is currently the only shipping option for these countries, although USPS may also experience interruptions or be unavailable depending upon circumstances on the ground. (Note that USPS is not available via eShip@Penn.)

Export Restrictions and License Requirements

The U.S. government has also imposed export licensing requirements for almost all items and technology being exported or re-exported to Russia or Belarus. The export licensing requirements also apply to hand-carried items. Any shipments, hand-carried items, or transfer of items and technology to Russia, Belarus, or the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), Luhansk People’s Republics (LNR), and Crimea regions of Ukraine must be reviewed by Penn’s Export Compliance Office in ORS.

In the event you need to ship materials to Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus in the near future, please contact

Financial Sanctions and Restricted Parties

The U.S. government has implemented blocking sanctions on most major Russian banks and placed multiple businesses and individuals on restricted parties lists due to their support of the Russian government. Financial transactions and other activities with these restricted parties may require prior authorization from the U.S. Departments of Commerce or Treasury.

Penn utilizes Visual Compliance software to identify prohibited/restricted parties through Restricted Party Screening. If you need help with screening or with registering for access to Visual Compliance, please contact

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