The UK has published this annual report which details strategic export controls policy and export licensing decisions from January to December 2021. Of particular interest is that it reports that the Export Control Joint Unit undertook 519 export control compliance checks in 2021; that 55% of businesses subject to their first check were compliant; 48% subject to routine checks were compliant; and 65% subject to revisits were compliant. It also issued 81 warning letters to company directors where breaches of licence conditions were identified and 5 exporters had a licence suspended due to repeat infractions. Meanwhile, HMRC made 202 seizures of strategic goods, an increase from 160 in 2020; 12 compound settlement (a sort of out-of-court settlement available to HMRC) offers were dealt with totalling £226,701.18, down from £622,868.01 in 2020, and no strategic exports or sanctions prosecutions were brought. HMRC also received 212 voluntary disclosures and issued 46 warning letters as a result.
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