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.

UK updates 5 dual-use OGELs

The UK has updated and amended 5 of its Open General Export Licences (OGELs) relating to the export of dual-use items. The action updates the goods-schedule of each relevant licence and removes Ivory Coast and Liberia from the list of excluded destinations for the OGEL “PCBs and components for dual-use items”.  This follows the lifting of EU sanctions against them earlier this year (see previous blogs on Ivory Coast and Liberia).  In addition, the OGEL “international non-proliferation regime decontrols” has been revoked as it is no longer of use to exporters.  The licences now refer to the new Department for International Trade, of which the Export Control Organisation is a part.

The action reflects changes made by the EU to its dual-use list earlier this month (see Regulation 2016/1969).  The details are here.

OFAC updates guidance on general licences for publishing services

OFAC has issued updated its guidance on general licences for publishing activities (Publishing GLs) involving the Iranian, Cuban, Sudanese, and Syrian governments. The guidance is available here. It covers:

  1. Publishing activities listed in the Publishing GLs by an individual employed by a sanctioned government who is publishing in his or her personal capacity, which are generally authorised.
  2. Publishing activities engaged in by people working at an academic or research institution, which are generally authorised by the Publishing GLs if the employer’s primary function is research or teaching, even if the employer is an agency of a sanctioned government.
  3. Providing certain types of peer review, style and copy-editing, and marketing services to the representatives of sanctioned governments, which is outside the scope of the information and informational materials exemption under the ITSR, CACR, SSR, and SySR sanctions regimes, but is authorised under the Publishing GLs.