The Wassenaar Arrangement has issued a statement

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The Chair of BExA’s Customs & Export Licensing (CEL) sub-Committee has advised members of some of the key points that were issued in the statement by the Plenary Chair on 2019 outcomes and 2020 aims for conventional arms & dual-use goods and technologies.

“new export controls in a number of areas, such as cyber-warfare software, communications monitoring, digital investigative tools/forensic systems, sub-orbital aerospace vehicles, technology for the production of substrates for high-end integrated circuits, hybrid machine tools, and lithography equipment and technology; further clarified existing controls regarding ballistic protection, optical sensors, ball bearings, and inorganic fibrous and filamentary materials; and relaxed some controls, including with respect to certain laminates and commercial components with embedded cryptography”.

Additionally to this, the criteria for items being included in the dual-use list will be reviewed. As the UK looks to exit the Eu at the end of January 2020, dual-use items will require export licences to move between companies based in the UK and EU. This will be covered in the first CEL sub-Committee call in January 2020.

The Wassenaar Arrangement has been established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilising accumulations. The aim is also to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists.

Participating States seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.

Click here to download the full statement issued by the Plenary Chair.