On 13 December, Steptoe reported that the UK is to revise certain aspects of the UK’s export control regime following the completion of a regime review by the government. The measures include revisions to the licensing criteria for strategic export controls, an expansion in the scope of the military end-use control and a tightening of controls on exports to China. The changes include a new and substantially revised version of the 8 licensing criteria for strategic export controls, which will now be known as the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria.
REVISIONS TO UK EXPORT CONTROLS COULD IMPACT EXPORTERS TO CHINA AND RUSSIA
On 14 December, Field Fisher published an article highlighting that there will be 2 changes aimed at strengthening the UK’s ability to prevent exports of end-use items that might be used to commit or facilitate human rights violations, notably in China. These changes will be made in Spring 2022 by secondary legislation amending the Export Control Order 2008. As for other changes, the impact of the revisions to the licensing criteria will be more subtle and less immediately evident to businesses. But the firm says that exporters should be aware of the grounds on which their licence applications may be refused in exploring business development opportunities.