Export Control Profession: News

Government updates guidance on military and dual-use technology: ‘essential reading’

18th March 2021 |

The government has today (18 March) issued consolidated guidance on rules for exporting military and dual-use technology around the world. The guidance has been published by the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU), which administers the UK’s system of export controls and licensing for military and dual-use items. Roger Arthey, chair of the Export Control Profession…

Export control rule changes in the US, China and UK you may have missed so far this year

1st March 2021 |

For those working in the field of export control and licences, staying up-to-date with all the changing laws and regulators’ interpretations of them is essential. Here are three important developments to have taken place already this year. Flurry of activity from outgoing Trump administration In the last few days of President Trump’s tenure in the…

China introduces a new blocking law to combat US extraterritoriality

1st March 2021 |
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The Chinese government has enacted new “blocking” rules to counteract the extraterritorial application of certain foreign laws that it considers unjustifiable. Edward J. Krauland and Bo Yue of Steptoe International Law Advisory[1] stated: “On January 9, 2021, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued its No. 1 order of 2021— the Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extraterritorial…

Applying for a UK Export Licence? You need to specify GB or NI

1st March 2021 |

We have previously highlighted the new UK licences that have been available since the end of the transition period and which you may need to use for exporting goods, technology and software. The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) of the UK’s Department for International Trade published Notice to Exporters (NTE) 2020/19: EU transition and SPIRE,…

Flurry of Export Control activity from the U.S. government

25th January 2021 |
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In the last few days of President Trump’s tenure in the White House, a number of important export control changes were enacted that export control professionals need to be aware of. Changes include the removal of an export embargo against Sudan, the planned expansion of military intelligence end-use controls and new rules targeting Chinese tech…

Why UK firms should pay attention to China’s new export control regulation

19th January 2021 |
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Written by Arne Mielken, board member of the IOE&IT Export Control Profession Over the Christmas break the Chinese government unveiled a revised draft of their new ‘Export Control Law’ (ECL) during the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC). This reform did not make the news in Britain and has not even been a major talking point…

Government updates 60 Open General Export Licences ahead of transition period’s end

30th December 2020 |

Businesses exporting controlled goods need to be aware of changes to licensing requirements resulting from the end of the transition period at 11pm on Thursday 31 December 2020, a leading expert has warned. Export licences are required for the movement of many goods internationally, including military products or items which have a possible ‘dual-use’ –…

Export controls in 2021 post-transition

23rd December 2020 |

The Institute of Export & International Trade ran a webinar on 22 December on new Export Control requirements  for when the UK’s transition period for trade with the EU ends on 31 December 2020. In the webinar, Claire Harrison, head of awareness at the Department for International Trade’s Export Control Joint Unit, reviews the requirements…

UK ‘dual-use’ exporters face Brexit deadline for new export licence warns law firm.

11th December 2020 |
UK 'dual-use' exporters face Brexit deadline for new export licence

UK exporters of ‘dual-use’ items to EU countries face criminal sanction unless they register in time for an export licence, experts in export controls at international law firm Pinsent Masons have warned in a recent article. Dual-use items are goods, software or technology which can be used for civil and military purposes. As a result,…

Five things we learnt from the ‘Cloud computing and export controls’ webinar yesterday (9 September)

10th September 2020 |
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As with moving goods overseas, transferring information or technology to an international buyer can be counted as an export.  If the information or software being exported is controlled, the sender should be aware of their regulatory requirements and may need an export licence.  In a webinar held this week for the IOE&IT Export Control Profession, expert consultant Richard Tauwhare explained what this means for companies using cloud…