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Export Licensing Control – Exports of Dual-Use Items

Friday, 19 December 2014

Exports of Dual-Use Items

Changes come into force from 31 December 2014 that affect exports from the Isle of Man and UK of dual-use items.  These follow changes made by the European Commission to the control list issued pursuant to Council Regulation (EU) No. 428/2009.

Dual-use items are goods, software and technology normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications, or may contribute to the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

The updated list includes some 400 changes resulting from decisions made by multilateral export control regimes during 2011 to 2013, and includes new controls, removal of others, changes to certain technical parameters and other detail amendments.

One example of the changes is the inclusion of “intrusion software”, i.e. “spyware” and/or certain surveillance technology and cybertools that could be used or misused in the violation of human rights or against EU or national security.

The Export Control Organisation has issued a Notice to Exporters as well as a Comprehensive Change Note Summary to assist exporters.

Relevant Open General Export Licences will be amended accordingly.

Those involved in the export of goods, and in particular the export of items that are or may be dual-use, are advised to review the classifications or rulings previously applied to their exports.

For more information on export licensing control in general please see Notice 279 MAN.

For more information contact Customs and Excise.

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