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Russians can still buy the iPhone 14 when it ships, despite Apple halting sales of new products in March, conducted through a parallel import system.
Like many other companies, Apple withdrew from Russia in March, following Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. While services like Apple Pay are not usable in the area, Apple also stopped exporting products to sales channels in the country.
While Apple isn’t going to ship the iPhone 14 to Russia itself, potential customers in the country still have a chance to get their hands on the latest smartphones.
Russia has a scheme that allows retailers to import products from abroad without the permission of the trademark owner. A senior government official confirmed that the iPhone 14 would be covered by the program, reports Reuters.
“Why not?” Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov replied when asked about iPhone 14 imports. “If consumers want to buy these phones, yes. There will be an opportunity.”
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