Russia, Belarus and Ukraine Guidance

Last Updated: May 18, 2022

International Shipments

Due to the conflict in Ukraine, FedEx, UPS and DHL have suspended deliveries to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. At the present time, the US Postal Service is the only option for shipping to these countries, though USPS service may also experience interruptions or be unavailable depending upon circumstances on the ground.

  • Note 1: If preparing a shipment in eShipGlobal to any of these destinations, the tool will return a message indicating that no service is available to the destination.
  • Note 2: All exports to these countries, including those via USPS, must be reviewed by Export Controls to ensure compliance with export license requirements.  (See below.)

Export License Requirements

The US government has imposed new export license requirement for a broad array of items being exported or re-exported to Russia or Belarus. The export licensing requirements also apply to hand-carried items.  Once shipments resume (see above), the export control office will work with shippers to evaluate the need for an export license for shipments/hand-carry of items or technology to Russia or Belarus.  Note, however, that the US government has policy of denial in place for most license applications to these countries which may result in being unable to export to these destinations.

Comprehensive sanctions have also been implemented against Russia and the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine (currently the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine). Most transactions and activities, including those involving persons or entities “ordinarily resident” in these locations are now subject to US government review and authorization.  All US citizens, US permanent residents, persons physically located in the US and entities incorporated in the US and their foreign branch offices are required to comply with these regulations. Contact exports@princeton.edu for additional information.

The regulations related to these countries are changing frequently. In the event you need to ship materials to Russia, Belarus or Ukraine or if you conduct any activities in these countries, you are encouraged to contact exports@princeton.edu well in advance to ensure that the University can provide up‐to‐date guidance.

Financial Transactions

The US government has implemented controls to block financial transactions with a significant portion of the Russian financial system.  As a result, it may not be possible for the University to make payments to suppliers whose account is held by one of the listed institutions.  The University community should contact finance@princeton.edu if a payment needs to be issued to a Russian financial institution.