Regulatory changes and licence updates among recent export control notices from ECJU

Wed 9 Aug 2023
Posted by: William Barns-Graham
Trade News

Export control inspector with clipboard

The government’s Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) regularly publishes ‘Notices to Exporters’ (NTEs) to help keep businesses updated on key regulatory changes and licensing requirements.

Users can receive them direct by subscribing here.

The IOE&IT Daily Update here summarises some of the most recent NTEs to be issued.

New export control regulation enters force

With NTE 2023/12 ECJU stated that the new Export Control (Amendment) Regulations 2023 entered force on 13 July 2023.

The notice states:

“ECJU has amended the Export Control Order 2008 (“the 2008 Order”) and the retained Council Regulation (EC) number 428/2009 of 5 May 2009 setting up a community regime for the control of exports and the transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items (“the retained Dual-Use Regulation”).

“The Export Control (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (SI 2023 number 695), will come into force on 13 July 2023.”

Among the changes brought about by the new regulation is a requirement that all military goods that transit the UK and have Haiti as a destination will require a licence.

Strategic export control list

The government regularly updates the lists of goods that are subject to export controls and which therefore may require an export licence.

The list of strategic military and dual-use items requiring authorisation was updated last week (3 August), with the updated version available here.

Six OGELs updated

At the end of last month (31 July), the ECJU issued an NTE to advise that six open general export licences (OGELs) had been updated. These are:

  • OGEL export for repair/replacement under warranty: dual-use items
  • OGEL for exports of dual-use items after repair/replacement under warranty
  • OGEL exports of dual-use items after exhibitions
  • OGEL for low value shipments
  • OGEL for technology for dual-use items
  • OGEL dual-use items exported to India

Syria earthquake licence extended

In NTE 2023/11, ECJU advised that it is issuing a general trade licence for certain exports supporting relief efforts following the earthquake in Syria and Turkey earlier this year.

This licence replaces a previous licence issued on 15 February this year which was due to expire on 31 August 2023. The new licence is identical but will remain in force until revoked.

The licence ensures that current UK sanctions are “not an impediment” to efforts to support the earthquake-affected population. It permits the “the acquisition, supply or delivery of petroleum products and provision of related financial services or funds”.

New guidance on Sanctions on Russia and Belarus

The government has posted new guidance relating to some of the sanctions it has imposed on Russia and Belarus. These are below:

ECJU also published a new schedule of training courses for the rest of the year.

Further support

The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) also provides training and consultancy support for export control professionals, as well as running a Special Interest Group (SIG) dedicated to the sector.

Members of the SIG get opportunities to hear and share best practice about compliance with export control rules and licensing requirements across one in-person and three virtual events each year, as well as tailored engagement and expert insights from industry leaders.