Belarusian firm charged with UK sanction circumvention

Alutech, a Belarusian manufacturer of metal parts for garage doors, is accused of circumventing UK sanctions and harming British businesses.

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh alleges that Alutech, which manufactures metal parts for garage doors, continues to import banned products into the UK.

The MP is calling on the UK tax authorities to take action against Alutech and other firms suspected of circumventing sanctions.

Alutech declined to comment on the allegations to the BBC.

Belarus was included in UK sanctions against Russia for allowing its territory to be used by the Russian military to launch attacks on northern Ukraine. But MPs on the Treasury select committee are concerned that the sanctions regime is not working and have launched an inquiry into the matter.

On Tuesday, committee member Siobhain accused Alutech of undermining a group of British companies by “under-procuring” them.

He told the committee that British companies “lost about £10 million and had to make redundancies to cope with their losses”.

According to the BBC, the British companies allegedly affected by the investigation are Alunet Systems and JD UK, two Yorkshire-based firms working in the supply chain of garage doors.

On 25 March 2022, four weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, the UK imposed a 35 per cent tariff on certain goods originating from Russia and Belarus.

Grant Thornton UK LLP sanctioned over pension fund