UK GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES REPORT ‘DEVELOPMENTS IN UK STRATEGIC EXPORT CONTROLS’

On 9 January, the Export Control Joint Unit published the response to the Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) joint report ‘Developments in UK Strategic Export Controls’.  This included the response to delays in the online system to replace the SPIRE licensing system.  It also revealed that there are just 5 trained compliance inspectors and is in the process of recruiting an additional 3. On post-shipment verification, the UK Government says that it is aware that an increasing number of governments are introducing some form of post- shipment verification but it has yet to see any clear evidence that they are effective in reducing diversion – and cites significant costs, require additional resource and expertise, and raises legal, diplomatic and practical issues which must be balanced against any perceived benefits.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1127863/first-joint-report-of-the-committees-on-arms-export-controls-session-2022-to-2023-developments-in-uk-strategic-export-controls-response-of-the-secretaries-of-state-for-dit-mod-fcdo.pdf

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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