Export Control measures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Posted 09.04.2020 in News by Sue Grewcock

When we think about export controls, we cannot help but think about items such as weapons, aircrafts, vessels, chemicals and other goods which we associate with potential for doing harm hence the restrictions on exports.

While items on Dual-Use or Human Rights lists are suggested by the relevant Governing Groups, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has highlighted that export control measures can be implemented at a national level for items which are of strategic importance to such country.

The World Customs Organisation has published a list of national legislation of countries that adopted temporary export restrictions on certain categories of critical medial supplies in response to COVID-19

http://www.wcoomd.org/en/topics/facilitation/activities-and-programmes/natural-disaster/list-of-countries-coronavirus.aspx

UK businesses should check whether the current restrictions affect their Supply Chain as well as ensure that they comply with the UK and EU restrictions.

The European Union has published Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/402 and a subsequent amendment (Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/426) making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation. Specific items are listed in the Annex I.

The UK Government has published a guidance on medicines that cannot be parallel exported from the United Kingdom.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/medicines-that-cannot-be-parallel-exported-from-the-uk

If your Supply Chain is being affected by these new measures or if you require assistance with obtaining an export licence, please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

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