Oil price cap related restriction
On order to overcome circumvention of the import ban and price cap on Russian crude, the EU further restricted access to EU ports for vessels (of any nationality) suspected of bypassing the restrictions. Specifically, the EU restrictions prevent such vessels from access to EU ports if they are suspected of participating in ship-to-ship transfers of Russian crude, and also for vessels that have failed to give 48 hours' notification of a ship-to-ship transfer within an EU country's economic zone or which have turned off the AIS tracking or are suspected to have interfered with the AIS tracking when transporting Russian crude.
This restriction has not yet been incorporated into Norwegian law. According to the press release in connection with the enactment, this is to allow further time to assess how to best incorporate this into Norwegian law.
Export prohibition to certain third countries
The main strategy of the EU and G7 countries to combat circumvention activities in third countries remains engaging in diplomatic dialogue with such countries to get them to cooperate. The latest EU sanctions package emphasized the need to strengthen such cooperation, and to provide third countries with relevant technical assistance to enable them to act against such activities. In order to enable the EU to swiftly implement measures against such countries if such cooperation efforts fail, a separate tool prohibiting export, sale and transfer of dual-use and other advanced goods and technologies to countries that are associated with a high risk of being used for circumvention transactions, such as Armenia, Kazakhstan, China, Turkey and others. For the time being, the restriction is merely a legal basis to add listings if and when necessary, with no countries actually subject to the restriction and the EU refers to the mechanism as "exceptional, last-resort measures" if such countries continue to "systematically and persistently" fail to prevent export of restricted goods and technologies to Russia/Russian persons.
Although Norwegian authorities have proclaimed their support of such a mechanism, the restriction is not yet implemented in Norwegian law.