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Belgian companies brought to Court for illegal exports of chemicals to Syria

The Belgian customs authorities are suing three Belgian companies before the Criminal Court of Antwerp for what appears to be serious infringements of the restrictive measures imposed on Syria. The three companies concerned are all parties involved in the supply chain of a deal in chemical products: the producer, the company handling the administrative aspects of the transaction, and the… … Keep Reading

EU Commission issues notice to stakeholders on impact of Brexit

On 25 January 2018, the EU Commission issued a notice regarding the impact of Brexit on future movements of controlled goods. By Olivier Coulon, 26 January 2018 In its notice, the EU Commission recalls that, unless an agreement would provide for another date, the United Kingdom shall be treated as a third country as from 30 March 2019. The impact… … Keep Reading

Shipping Criminal Liability: the Difficult Position of the Transportation & Logistics Sector

On 23 November 2017, the Court of Amsterdam handed down its decisions in the case concerning the Dutch transportation company charged with breaching the military embargo against the Russian Federation. These decisions are the latest in a string of Dutch enforcement cases relating to the transit of military goods which have raised concerns within the transportation & logistics sector. In… … Keep Reading

Export Control Considerations: Beyond the Authorization

Your compliance obligations don’t end once an authorization is in hand.  Determining whether and what authorizations are needed and ensuring that all required authorizations have been obtained are critical first steps in trade compliance, but compliance is a continuing process.  By Megan Barnhill, Bryan Cave LLP, 8 December 2017 Review and Understand the Authorization A critical first step is to… … Keep Reading

Opposites attract: linking HS and ECN classification

On 16 January 2017, the European Commission published its latest update of the TARIC CN-DU Correlation Table which establishes links between the customs classification codes (HS/CN) and export control classification codes (ECN). By Bert Gevers, Yassine el Bojaddaini & Megan Gajewski Barnhill , 21 February 2017. As this correlation table sometimes confuses exporters when determining whether an item is controlled for… … Keep Reading

U.S. Uses CFIUS Regulatory Authority to Prohibit Transaction Between Two German Entities

U.S. law provides the President with broad authority to prohibit transactions that he deems to present a national security threat to the United States. In this context, national security concerns may, but need not, involve information that is trade-controlled or classified. By Jennifer Kies Mammen and Gerard Kreijen , 16 February 2017 At the end of 2016, President Obama used this power to… … Keep Reading

US Leaves JCPOA Intact But Is Still Ratcheting Up Sanctions Against Iran

When the United States lifted its nuclear-related sanctions as part of its Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016, it left in place several other sanctions mechanisms that could be implemented against Iran. On February 3, following Iran’s tests of certain ballistic missiles, the United States designated twenty-five (25) additional individuals and entities as Specially Designated… … Keep Reading

Snapback: The More You Know, the Better Prepared You Can Be

The possibility of a snapback of the nuclear sanctions against Iran has created uncertainty since before Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016. Now as we near the one year anniversary of the implementation of the JCPOA, uncertainty seems to loom larger as we also face a new US President and Administration. By Susan… … Keep Reading

Modernization of the EU export control system: What’s next ? (II)

As discussed in our earlier post on the modernisation of the EU Dual-Use Regulation, it is the revised ‘catch-all’-provision that most worries exporters. The inclusion of human rights criteria, the corner stone of the new ‘human security’ approach in the Dual-Use Regulation, risks to lead to new uncertainties for exporters (and their national regulators). … Keep Reading

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