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On 28 July 2020, the EU agreed to impose EU-wide measures to restrict the export of certain items to Hong Kong. The EU Council’s press release can be found here. These restricted goods include equipment or technology that could be used for internal repression, interception of internal communications or cyber surveillance. Like recent US and UK measures, the new EU export controls have been proposed in response to the recent HK National Security Law. Germany has…

On 7 July 2020 the Secretary of State for International Trade informed Parliament in a written statement that she has retaken her decisions regarding licences for military exports to Saudi Arabia for possible use in the conflict in Yemen, in accordance with the Judgment of the Court of Appeal of 20 June 2019. The Court of Appeal last year ruled that the government had erred in law in its decision-making processes on arms export licences to Saudi…

On Monday 6 July 2020, the UK introduced the first sanctions under its new Global Human Rights sanctions regime, targeting 47 individuals and 2 entities. The regulations setting out the sanctions are made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (the “Sanctions Act“) and impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals and entities responsible for or involved in serious violations of human rights. The Sanctions Act was introduced to allow the UK to…

The EC announced on 26 May that the export authorisation scheme for PPE ceased to apply as of Tuesday, 26 May 2020. The EC has decided not to extend the measure, initially introduced on 15 March to ensure adequacy of supply of such products in the EU in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure was initially extended for another month on 26 April, implementing additional reporting requirements and limiting the scope of the scheme to face masks.…

Our EU Compliance, International Trade and Customs Groups are bringing together their considerable local knowledge and on the ground experience to deliver their third webinar series. This year’s series will cover a range of customs, export control, trade sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption topics. Our first webinar will be on Thursday 27 February 2014 on the topic of “Union Customs Code: What to expect from the draft Implementing Provisions and how to take part in…

Our EU Compliance, International Trade and Customs Groups are bringing together their considerable local knowledge and on the ground experience to deliver their second webinar series. This year’s series will cover a range of customs, export control, trade sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption topics. All webinars will begin at 16:00 GMT on each of the dates listed below and are scheduled to run for 90 minutes. Our panel of speakers will provide a practical overview…