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On 6 February 2020, the Department for International Trade published Notice to Exporters 2020/04 to report that, with immediate effect, the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has amended its inspection of records process related to the use of open licences and electronic standard individual export licences (SIELS). Link to Notice here.  This process is provided for in Article 31 of the Export Control Order 2008 (as amended), which states that inspections can take place “at…

The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom (the “E3 Foreign Ministers“) have today released a statement that they are triggering the dispute resolution mechanism in relation to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA“), following Iran’s decision to no longer abide by the uranium enrichment limits of the JCPOA (see our earlier blog post on this here).

The Iranian government announced on Sunday evening that it will no longer adhere to certain limits agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) and will therefore no longer observe limitations on uranium enrichment, stockpiles of enriched uranium or nuclear research and development. Despite this, Iran has stated that it remains open to negotiations with partners in Europe who have sought to help Iran continue trading overseas despite US sanctions (through the INSTEX vehicle,…