By Yereth Rosen
Alaska Beacon 

Executive order bars imports of Russian fish that is processed in other countries


December 28, 2023

Photo courtesy of Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon

Russian king crab is displayed at a Costco in Anchorage on Nov. 14, 2022. The crab, from the Barent Sea, was distributed by Arctic Seafoods of San Francisco, and was part of inventory stockpiled before the U.S. government banned fish important from Russia.

Russian seafood will no longer be legally allowed in U.S. markets after it is processed in China, under an executive order issued Friday by President Joe Biden.

The action seeks to close a loophole that the Russian seafood industry was able to use to skirt import sanctions put in place in 2022 in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

The ban is now extended to any seafood caught in Russian waters or by Russian-flagged vessels, "notwithstanding whether such products have been incorporated or substantially transformed into other products outside of the Russian Federation," the executive order say...

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