Export Control Profession: News

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…

Seminal John Everett Millais painting temporarily barred from export

22nd August 2019 |

Home » Export Control Profession: News Sir John Everett Millais, Bart, P.R.A.Ferdinand Lured by Ariel 1849-1850; Oil on panel, 64.8 x 50.8 cm (arched top). Signed and dated in monogram, lower left, JEMillais / 1849. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/arts-minister-stops-export-of-pre-raphaelite-work A temporary export bar has been placed on John Everett Millais’ painting ‘Ferdinand Lured by Ariel’ to avoid…

US companies sidestep Huawei export ban

27th June 2019 |

Home » Export Control Profession: News US companies are trying to circumnavigate restrictions preventing trade with Huawei. Huawei has recently been placed on an ‘entry list’ ban, preventing goods or parts with US origin being traded with the Chinese tech giant. Huawei has been accused of trying to export Chinese surveillance into Western markets through…

Government suspends export licenses for weapons sales to Saudi Arabia following court ruling

21st June 2019 |

Home » Export Control Profession: News The government has stopped approving the sale of weapons which could be used as part of the war in Yemen. This followed a ruling from the Court of Appeal in favour of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CATT), who have been running a legal campaign against the government for…

Dual-use goods: Council agrees negotiating mandate

12th June 2019 |

Home » Export Control Profession: News The EU wants to modernise the current EU regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items. The objective is to further strengthen the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, regional peace, security and stability as well as…

Huawei hit by US export controls

17th May 2019 |

Home » Export Control Profession: News The White House and US Department of Commerce have issued an executive order apparently aimed at banning Chinese tech giant Huawei’s equipment from US networks and said it was subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls which could prevent it from buying semiconductors from US suppliers that are…

Germany plans to block EU plans to stop spyware trade with dictators

14th May 2019 |

Home » Export Control Profession: News European online media platform Euractiv.com has reported that EU proposals to establish export restrictions on spyware are being held back by Germany. A recent proposal from EU member states backing the European Commission plans “doesn’t have anything in it that would change the situation on the controls for cyber…