Sanctions Strand Thousands of Russia-bound luxury cars

About 8,000 luxury cars destined for Russia are parked at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, while authorities there try to navigate a maze of sanctions that have been struck against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

The cars – including some of the latest Lexus, Cadillac and Mercedes models – arrived from Asia in the first week of April. They were to be transhipped to Russia, but came under a luxury ban banning vehicles worth more than € 50,000, equivalent to $ 54,000, from being exported. Vehicle construction is an example of the confusion in important European ports over how to interpret and enforce sanctions against Russia.

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