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New export control guidelines 2005

The UK introduced new legislation in 2004 to control the movement of strategic goods. Export controls relate to military items and also to a range of commercial items that may be used in a different application to their original design i.e. in connection with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or missiles systems to deliver them.

The list of goods includes machine tools, testing equipment, metals and alloys, electronics, telecommunications, sensors and lasers, navigation and avionics, marine, propulsion systems, nuclear materials, chemicals, micro-organisms and toxins.

Export control relates to all movements of controlled goods not just to sales e.g. repairs, rejects, testing, exhibitions, samples, tooling, manuals, laptops, components, unfinished articles, software and technology.

Many Companies are unaware that their products and activities are subject to control and with the introduction of controls on intangible transfers of technology, almost anyone with access to a fax machine, the internet and in some circumstances a telephone, may inadvertently export controlled technology from a company.

The penalties for non-compliance are: unlimited fines and up to 10 years in prison.

The key to implementing these controls is classification of products and activities, awareness training across the company, planning at the beginning of a project and written procedures for staff.

To help firms to cope, Import & Export Solutions has developed a training solution that incorporates computer-based training material with classroom-based courses. This training is intended to supplement the Compliance Code of Practice issued by the DTI Export Control Organisation and has been developed by professional with many years experience in this field,

Export controls affect the following:

First published January 2005, International Trade Today.

For more information contact Elizabeth Carter.