Weng Keong Kok


Hong Kong controls dual-use items under the Import and Export Ordinance (Cap. 60) and its corresponding subsidiary legislation, the Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations (Cap. 60G) (“IESCR”). On 17 September 2021, an order to amend the list of strategic commodities under relevant schedules to the IESCR came into effect. The amendments aim to align Hong Kong’s control list with international non-proliferation regimes, including the Wassenaar Arrangement. The Trade and Industry Department has provided guidance…

China’s Export Control Law (“ECL”) came into effect on 1 December 2020, providing a framework to a series of separate administrative regulations on export controls issued prior to the law’s enactment. While no implementing rules or regulations under the ECL have been enacted since its passage into law, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) recently released Announcement No. 10 of 2021, on “Internal Compliance Guidelines on the Export of Dual-Use Items” (hereafter, the “Guidelines”) pursuant to…

On 28 December 2019, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) released a new draft of the Export Control Law (ECL) (“2019 Draft”), an update from the 2017 version circulated by the Ministry of Commerce. Click HERE to refer to our client alert on the 2017 Draft.

The 2019 Draft is now open for public comment until 26 January 2020. If enacted, the ECL will be China’s first comprehensive and consolidated export control legislation, aimed at upgrading the country’s existing regime consisting of multiple regulations.