Skip navigation
    It has been three years since the last update to the European Dual Use Items Regulation and at last the Commission has published an update to Regulation 428/2009.    The new Regulation, 388/2012, was published in the Official Journal (L129) on the 16th May.  This means that it will come into force 30 days later on the 15th June 2012.   Normally the Dual Use Items Regulation is updated once a year to reflect changes agreed by the International Non-Proliferati ...
  On December 8th 2011, the European Commission published a revision to Regulation 428/2009 which establishes 6 Union General Export Authorisations (UGEAs) for use by all Member States.  The revision is published as Regulation 1323/2011 and establishes the following:   UGEA EU001.  This Authorisation is exactly the same as the current CGEA but is renamed to be a UGEA.  No other changes to this Authorisation   UGEA EU002.   This Authorisation covers a ra ...
Classification of goods against the export control lists is essentially a technical exercise.  However, there are a few basic ground rules that can apply to any export that a non-technical person can use.   In the Export Control world, there are only two types of items – Military and Dual Use.  A Military item is one that is designed or modified for a military application.  Clearly a battle tank is a military item but so is an electronic component if it was designed to ...
Normally the EU Dual List is updated once a year following the changes made to their Lists by the International Control Regimes.  In the past, the EU has typically taken about 8 months from the changes made by the Wassenaar Arrangement in December to change the List.  We have seen the updates come through in previous years between July and September the following year.   The latest revision to the Regulation was made in August 2009 when Regulation 428/2009 was published.  Si ...
The European Union introduced the concept of an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in July 2007 with the first companies being officially accredited in April 2008.  The origin of AEO comes from the World Customs Organisation SAFE Framework, the intention is to accredit entities who meet certain Safety and Security standards.  The overall aim of the initiative is to create networks of AEO and equivalent companies worldwide so that secure supply chains can be built internationally.   ...
The European Commission recently published a Green Paper on the Dual Use export system.  Under the Dual Use Regulation, the Commission is obliged to prepare a report on the EU Export System and to consider possible areas of reform every 5 years. As well as considering the scope of the current controls, the Paper also focuses on any areas where the implementation of the controls are not uniform across the EU.   There are some recurring themes in the Paper, such as the adoption by the C ...
Introduction   The Export Control Organisation (ECO), who deal with export licences within the UK, had proposed that export licences that are currently free for UK exporters, would be subject to a charge from April 2012.  The plans to set charges within this timeframe have now been abandoned but the ECO has not ruled out that it may apply a charging regime in the future.   General Aims   The basic intention was to make the ECO cost neutral.  This means that any costs ...
The UK Export Licensing system has three basic forms of Export Licence.  A Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) is used for a single export to a single End User and needs application to the UK Government.  An Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL) also has to be applied for and this can over licensing for a range of products to a range of destinations. Finally, an Open General Export Licence (OGEL) allows the least sensitive goods to the least sensitive destinations and can be used ...