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UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) Amends Its Rules on Capital Punishment Goods

In a notice to exporters from 15 March, the ECO announced that it amended its rules concerning the export of goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, implementing the EU’s new export control rules from November 2016. The list of these goods can be found in Annexes II and III of the Export Control Order 2008. As a result of these changes, there are now new prohibitions on: (1) transit within the customs territory of the EU of Annex II goods and, in certain circumstances, Annex III and Annex IIIa goods; (2) the provision of brokering services related to Annex II goods; (3) the provision of training related to Annex II goods; (4) the display or offering for sale of any Annex II goods at an exhibition or fair taking place within the EU (unless such display/sale does not promote the sale or supply of the goods to a person to entity in a third country); and (5) the sale or purchase of advertising time or space for Annex II goods. The new legislation also allows for more flexible licensing of Annex III goods as they may have legitimate uses.

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