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The UK Government published a notice to exporters on 4 August 2020, stating that the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has removed Hong Kong as a permitted destination from 22 open general licences, including: 20 open general export licences (OGELs);1 open general transhipment licence (OGTL); and1 open general trade control licence (OGTCL). In addition, the ECJU has revoked 2 open general licences (one OGEL and one OGTL) where Hong Kong was the only permitted destination.…

On 28 July 2020, the EU agreed to impose EU-wide measures to restrict the export of certain items to Hong Kong. The EU Council’s press release can be found here. These restricted goods include equipment or technology that could be used for internal repression, interception of internal communications or cyber surveillance. Like recent US and UK measures, the new EU export controls have been proposed in response to the recent HK National Security Law. Germany…

On 7 July 2020 the Secretary of State for International Trade informed Parliament in a written statement that she has retaken her decisions regarding licences for military exports to Saudi Arabia for possible use in the conflict in Yemen, in accordance with the Judgment of the Court of Appeal of 20 June 2019. The Court of Appeal last year ruled that the government had erred in law in its decision-making processes on arms export licences…