The UK’s Export Control Organisation has amended its rules on the export of goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture, or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, implementing changes made to the EU’s export controls in November 2016 (see Regulation 2016/2134). The goods in question are found in Annexes II and III of the Export Control Order 2008. As a result of the changes, there are new prohibitions on:
- transit of Annex II, and in some circumstances Annex III, goods within the customs territory of the union;
- the provision of brokering services related to Annex II goods;
- the provision of training related to Annex II goods;
- the display or offering for sale of any Annex II goods at an exhibition or fair within the EU; and
- the sale or purchase of advertising time or space for Annex II goods.
It also introduces more flexible licensing for Annex III goods, which are goods with potentially legitimate uses. The ECO’s notice to exporters is here.