We hereby remind that the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers adopted the Regulation No. 576 on 15 September 2020 (hereinafter the “Regulations”), which prescribe more stringent radiation protection requirements for biomass (firewood, woodchips, and sawdust) imported into the territory of Latvia from another country, with application starting as early as 1 January 2021.

The start of application of the requirements has been postponed until 1 April 2021 after the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Estonia submitted comments to the Republic of Latvia in accordance with the procedure prescribed by laws regarding the restriction of the free movement of goods caused by the Regulations. Therefore, the content of the Regulations is likely to change by 1 April 2021.

However, until the relevant legislation of the Republic of Latvia is adopted, in the case of concluding contracts on the exchange with the delivery period of biomass covering the period from 1 April 2021, the content of the Regulations should be taken into consideration.