Updates for export control professionals: new training on US controls, internal compliance webinar and ECJU notices

Staying abreast of international regulatory changes and ensuring your business is operating under best practice principles are fundamental tasks for export control professionals.

Continual training, attending webinars and subscribing to the Export Control Joint Unit’s (ECJU) ‘Notices to Exporters’ are therefore among the activities that most control staff undertake to ensure their knowledge is up-to-date.

The IOE&IT Daily Update here looks at four recent developments control professionals need to be aware of.

1: New training on US controls

US control rules are among the most important for traders to understand due to their extraterritorial reach.

UK firms dealing with US suppliers or customers can easily fall foul of US control rules, and non-US firms have received significant fines and penalties for breaching them.

IOE&IT partner Content Enablers has recently launched a series of four new online courses about what non-US firms need to understand about US control regulation.

These are:

  • Foundations of US export controls for non-US practitioners
  • US export classification for non-US practitioners
  • US export authorisations for non-US practitioners
  • US export compliance for non-US practitioners

These courses count towards the IOE&IT’s CPD programme and you can save 10% if you buy all four courses as a bundle.

For more information, please visit the Content Enablers website here. If you’d like to learn about US controls with a dedicated trainer on an in-person course, check out our US & UK Export Controls training course.

2: Upcoming webinar about the importance of having an Internal Compliance Programme (ICP)

By putting an ICP in place, an export control professional can ensure best practice and compliance across all departments of their business and across their supply chain.

Having a proper ICP in place is therefore a key requirement for firms to avoid potentially falling foul of control regulation, avoiding potential fines, penalties and even debarment from exporting.

On 4 November 2021 at 3pm, the IOE&IT will be hosting a free webinar on the considerations firms need to make when establishing their ICP.

It will cover:

  • Importance of written procedures and record keeping
  • Employee competency standards
  • End-to-end supply chain – including end use and end users
  • Tracking shipping and financial movements
  • Exposure to sanctions, embargoes and other red flags

It will also introduce the consultancy services the IOE&IT provide to both firms establishing an ICP for the first time and those looking to update theirs to ensure best practice principles are being upheld.

You can sign up to the webinar for free here.

3: New EU dual use regulation

Another IOE&IT webinar earlier in the year notified traders that the EU was changing its control regime.

The ECJU recently informed exporters from Northern Ireland that certain new dual-use rules now apply to them, as Northern Ireland remains part of the EU single market under the terms of the NI Protocol.

The ECJU also notified traders that traders need to provide their EORI number on their licence applications and registrations from late autumn onwards.

You can read more about these updates here:

4: Afghanistan and Belarus

Sanctions are often imposed by governments on countries because of geopolitical events and licensing requirements for sending goods and other items to certain territories are always subject to change.

The ECJU has recently notified traders of licences that have been revoked or modified for exports to Afghanistan, while sanctions have been imposed on Belarus, affecting firms with trade or supply chain ties to that country.

For more information, please read the following notices: