UK updates nine open general export licences in line with EU measures

ECOThe UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) has updated and amended nine open general export licences (OGELs) to reflect recent amendments to the EU dual-use control list in Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) 428/2009.

The changes to the OGELs were due to come into force today, but have been delayed as the EU amendments have yet to come into force. The ECO anticipates that the EU changes will happen in the next few days and when they do, the changes in the OGELs will come into force (further notice will be issued to exporters).

Click here for the ECO Notice, and here for a summary of the proposed changes to the EU control list of dual-use items.

Singapore’s N Korea prohibitions

Singapore Customs.pngWith effect from 8 November 2017, Singapore has prohibited  all commercially traded goods from or to the DPRK, whether they are imported, exported, transhipped or brought in transit through Singapore.

In relation to non-commercial transactions (e.g. personal or household effects) from or to the DPRK, the prohibition will apply to goods that are sanctioned under UN Security Council Resolutions 2371 (2017) and 2375 (2017) as published in the Regulation of Imports and Exports (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2017 (also to take effect from 8 November 2017). Individuals who contravene any of the prohibitions are guilty of an offence. Click here for the circular notice issued by Singapore Customs.

HM Treasury updates 4 more OGELs

The UK’s Export Control Organisation has amended 4 more of its Open General Export Licences to reflect changes made to the Export Control Order 2008 (see previous blogs here and here). The changes add to the list of excluded goods under the licences, ratings ML8.a.40, and explosive co-crystals under ML8.a. The amended OGELs will come into force on 18 July 2017.

The details of the changes are here.

UK updates open export licence for PCBs and components for military goods

The UK’s Export Control Organisation has amended and republished the UK’s open general export licence for PCBs and components for military goods (link here).  The main change to the open licence is that the schedule of goods covered has been extended to include component parts and complete knock-down kits of the components it already covers.  These include unpopulated PCBs, vehicle parts such as brake disks, and aircraft parts such as windows.

The ECO’s notice is here.

UK updates list of controlled military goods

The UK’s Export Control Organisation has published a notice stating that it has amended Schedule 2 of the Export Control Order 2008. The amendments include several changes to the definitions relating to airships, lasers, lighter-than-air vehicles, pyrotechnics, and software (see also sections ML1, ML8, and ML10 of Schedule 2 of the Order).

The changes primarily reflect amendments made to the EU Common Military List following agreements to amend controls in the Wassenaar Arrangement export control regime.

UK Export Control Organisation seeks feedback on new licensing service

The UK’s Export Control Organisation has asked for more volunteers to test its new import/export licensing service.  It is looking for people and businesses working in any sector, but is particularly interested at present in the views of those involved in the export of military or dual-use goods.

The form for signing up to test the new service is available here.  The ECO’s press release is here.

UK implements EU changes to export controls on capital punishment goods

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.

South Korea introduces new submarine and ballistic missile export controls

seoul-4South Korea has introduced new export controls on items used in the construction and operation of submarines and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.  The controls are intended to cut-off North Korea’s access to the items, and cover areas that are not under the control of a pre-existing multilateral export control system.  South Korea has said that it plans to share the new control list with the 41 member states of the Wassenaar Arrangement at the group’s upcoming meeting this month.