UK BIS Export Control Publishes Notice that All Licenses for Export to Russian Military that could be used against the Ukraine
1. In response to the growing concerns in relation to events in Russia and Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague (UK BIS Export Control) made the following statement to the House of Commons on 18 March 2014:
“We believe that under current circumstances there is a compelling case for EU member states to act on defence export licences. The UK will now with immediate effect suspend all extant licences and application processing for licences for direct export to Russia for military and dual use items destined for units of the Russian armed forces or other state agencies which could be or are being deployed against Ukraine.”
“We will also suspend licences for exports to third countries for incorporation into equipment for export to Russia where there is a clear risk that the end product will be used against Ukraine. “
“All such licences were reviewed following the Prime Minister’s Statement to the House on 10 March, and so we are able to act immediately.”
“We encourage other European nations to take similar action.”
2. In accordance with the Foreign Secretary’s statement, the Export Control Organisation has suspended a number of licences for direct exports to the Russian military.
3. We (UK BIS Export Control) have also suspended a number of licences for incorporation in third countries before export to Russia.
4. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has been informed of the suspensions and will take action where necessary to ensure enforcement.
5. Impact on extant licence holders and new licence applicants:
- Extant licence holders will be contacted by ECO to inform them of the suspension.
- The suspension will be kept under review until such time as conditions indicate that it is appropriate to lift these restrictions.
6. We are committed to keeping exporters informed on changes in export controls. We also recommend that you keep yourself well informed of developments in Ukraine through the media and other information channels.
7. For further information about action already taken to suspend export licensing to Ukraine, please see Notices to Exporters 2014/04: EU suspends all export licensing to Ukraine for any equipment which might be used for internal repression.
For further information about strategic export controls, please contact:
UK BIS Export Control Organisation
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1 Victoria Street
Tel: 020 7215 4594
Fax: 020 7215 2635