Acer is still reportedly shipping products to Russia, despite saying it wouldn’t

Acer is still reportedly shipping products to Russia, despite saying it wouldn't

The Taiwanese PC maker has shipped at least $70.4 million worth of hardware to Russia after saying it would suspend business in the country, according to Reuters.

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Acer continues to ship products to Russia, despite the PC maker saying it halted business in the country because of the war in Ukraine, according to(Opens in a new window) to Reuters.

Reuters discovered the exports by examining customs records from an unnamed trade data provider. They show that Acer shipped at least $70.4 million worth of hardware to Russia from April 8, 2022 to March 31, 2023 through a Swiss subsidiary called Acer Sales International SA.

April 8th was the day that Acer informed(Opens in a new window) to the media that it had suspended its business in the country, joining other technology companies, such as Nvidia and Microsoft, in halting product sales. inside Russia.

An unnamed source told Reuters that Acer shipped monitors and laptops into the country after April 8. But the Taiwanese PC maker denies any wrongdoing, insisting it only exported screens and accessories for civilian use to the Russian market, thus not violating trade sanctions.

“We strictly adhere to applicable international regulations and trade laws regarding exports to Russia,” the company told Reuters.

Still, the news will raise questions about whether Acer has really respected the sanctions against the Russian market. In February 2022, Taiwan, where the PC maker is based, joined Western sanctions against Russia, which should have banned Taiwan-made displays and laptops from entering the country.

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Meanwhile, many tech companies have withdrawn from the Russian market amid harsh sanctions from the West, which has been trying to stem the flow of technology into the country. Still, the Kremlin continues to find ways(Opens in a new window) to receive exports of high-tech products by sourcing them from allies and neighboring countries, including Armenia, Belarus, China and Kazakhstan.

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