In 2019, boycotted products intercepted on the Russian border will also be destroyed. The Russian government extended the measure by one year until 31 December 2019. The measure was first implemented in 2015, after the boycott in 2014, to remove illegally imported products from the market.
Initially, the boycott applied to the US, the EU, Australia, Norway and Canada. These countries were boycotted in August 2014. A year later, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein were added to the list. Ukraine followed in January 2016. The boycott applies to a large number of agricultural products, including fruit and vegetables. The Russian phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor is said to have destroyed more than 26,000 tonnes of illegally imported product in recent years (since August 2015).