Export Control Profession: News

The Wassenaar Arrangement has issued a statement

17th December 2019 |

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,…

Wassenaar Targets Cyber-Warfare Systems, Communications Surveillance with New Rules

13th December 2019 |

– Military-grade offensive cyber-warfare technologies given increased controls through addition to military list – Addition of offensive cyber-warfare technologies comes after significant concerns raised by private sector over impact on vulnerability assessments. The multilateral export control organisation, the Wassenaar Arrangement, held its annual plenary meeting of member states on 4-5 December, and launched new export…

EU to develop a Magnitsky-style legislation

13th December 2019 |

Discussions for the EU to develop a Magnitsky-style legislation has been in talks since mid 2018 and is now underway. The Magnitsky Act was enacted by the Obama Administration, authorizing the U.S. Government to sanction human rights offenders. It is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax lawyer. Magnitsky uncovered tax fraud on a vast-scale…

US Government Investigates Transfer of MRAPs in Yemeni Conflict

10th December 2019 |

The US government is investigating findings that American-made weaponry is being used by rebel fighters and separatist militia in Yemen. A joint State-Pentagon visit to the UAE was carried out in September to check the use of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) sold by the USA. CNN has been conducting an ongoing investigation into its…

Spanish shipping company classing military vessels as rescue vessels to avoid export controls

10th December 2019 |

Spanish shipping company Rodman have been classing military vessels being exported to Morocco as rescue vessels in an attempt to avoid arms export controls, according to media sources. The company sent many of these ships to Morocco between 2007 and 2010, though many of them were sold for use in fishing grounds in the Western…

The Netherlands publish new guidelines

10th December 2019 |

The Dutch government has published guidelines on how to compile a ‘Internal Compliance Programme’ for strategic & sanctioned goods. A new document has been released by the Dutch authorities containing business guidelines. This was drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs alongside the Central Office for Import and Export (CDIU). This document is primarily…

Japan & South Korea prepare to tighten export controls

10th December 2019 |

In October 2018, Tokyo and Seoul were involved in a court case where South Korea’s top court ordered a Japanese firm to pay compensation for the forced labour of South Koreans during Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. Japan thought this matter to be resolved in 1965 with a pact which saw Tokyo…

South African government under pressure to drop inspections on buyers of arms exports

9th December 2019 |

A requirement for buyers of South African exports to agree to inspections, contained in the end-user certificate documentation, is coming under fierce scrutiny from trade unions. The requirement also requires buyers to pledge not to transfer weapons to third parties. The Aerospace, Maritime and Defense Industries Association of South Africa is calling on the government…

US efforts to blacklist Huawei continue to be frustrated

9th December 2019 |

The USA’s efforts to block Huawei from gaining market access continue to be frustrated – something we first posted about in the summer. In May 2019, the US government put Huawei on its trade blacklist, also known as the entity list. This followed longstanding suspicions that Huawei’s unrolling of 5G networks in the West were…

Review Proposal for Tech services exporting to USA

9th December 2019 |

The US Administration have introduced a review system for technology companies going into the USA using a foreign adversary to avoid future complications such as the Huawei fiasco. On 26th November 2019, the US government announced a new review system in which any Information/Communications Technology or Service (ICTS) companies looking to carry out transactions in…