OFAC Quarterly Reports on Iran & Sudan TSRA licences

OFAC3Pursuant to section 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA), OFAC has published Quarterly Reports (covering October 2015 – December 2017) on the number of licence applications it processed requesting authorisation to export agricultural commodities, medicine and medical devices to Iran and Sudan.

UK Export Control (Amendment) Order 2018

Parliament6The new Export Control (Amendment) Order 2018, SI 2018/165, comes into force on 5 March 2018.  This amends Schedule 2 to the Export Control Order 2008, SI 2008/3231, (which lists military goods, software and technology subject to export controls) in order to implement Commission Directive (EU) 2017/2054, amending Directive 2009/43/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of defence-related products.

US announces arms restrictions on South Sudan

shutterstock_285637022.jpgThe US Department of State has announced that it is implementing arms restrictions on South Sudan due to the country’s “continuing violence that has created one of Africa’s worst humanitarian crises”. As a result, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations will be amended to update the US defence trade policy toward South Sudan by application of a policy of denial (with limited exceptions) on the export of defence articles and services to South Sudan (including all parties involved in the conflict).

The US has encouraged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the African Union to consider sanctions against those who undermine the peace process in South Sudan. Furthermore, the US is seeking support for a UN Security Council embargo on all arms flows into South Sudan.

UK passes Venezuela Export Controls Order

Parliament7The UK has passed the Export Control (Venezuela Sanctions) Order 2018, SI 2018/108, which provides for the enforcement of EU trade restrictions against Venezuela – as contained in Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2063. The Order comes into force on 26 February 2018.

A person who knowingly engages in activities prohibited by the EU’s Venezuela sanctions regime, with intent to evade those prohibitions, commits a criminal offence. The Order also makes provision for other criminal offences, including the circumvention of EU trade restrictions on Venezuela.

UK issues guidance on MOD Form 680 applications

ECOThe UK Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has issued Guidance to exporters on completing MOD Form 680 applications for permission to release information about classified goods and services to foreign nations (applications are made via SPIRE which is an online export licensing system owned and managed by the Department for International Trade).

UK updates consolidated export control list to reflect EU changes

ECOThe UK Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has updated the consolidated control list of strategic military and dual-use items that require export authorisation. This update takes account of the December 2017 changes made to the EU dual-use export control list in Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) 428/2009 (amended by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2268). ECJU Notice here.

Norway suspends arms-related export licences to the UAE

Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs.jpgNorway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to suspend export licences dealing with Category A defence-related products to the United Arab Emirates.  The Ministry confirmed that “no arms or ammunition can be exported to the United Arab Emirates”, stating that the decision was taking as a “precautionary measure” in relation to “the situation in Yemen and the increasing risks associated with the United Arab Emirates’ military engagement in the country”.

UK updates 9 open general export licences

ECOThe UK Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has updated 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 (amended by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2268).

Both the EU amendments and the changes to the OGELs came into force on 16 December 2017. Click here for the ECJU Notice, and here for a summary of the changes to the EU control list of dual-use items.