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The Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) (Overseas Territories) Order 2004 - Advisory Warning No. 12 of 2012 (5 July 2012)

Advisory Warning No. 12 of 2012

5 July, 2012

ADVISORY WARNING

The Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and

Provision of Technical Assistance (Control)

(Overseas Territories) Order 2004

 

Tortola, British Virgin Islands – 5 July, 2012 – The British Virgin Island Financial Services Commission (the “FSC”) is advising the public that on 12 April 2012, The Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) (Overseas Territories) Order 2004 (the “Order”) was ratified and extended to the Territory.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that this Order has been extended to the Territory by virtue of Schedule 1 to the Order.

 

The Order, made under the United Kingdom’s Export Control Act 2002, extends with modifications the Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) Order 2003 (U.K.S.I. 2003/2764 amended by U.K.S.I. 2004/1050, 2004/2561, and 2004/2741) (the “UK Order”) to the Territories listed in Schedule 1 to the Order.

 

AND NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Order establishes a new framework for the control of strategic goods, software and technology. This Order brings together controls on the export or transfer of military and dual-use goods, software and technology, controls on goods, software and technology related to weapons of mass destruction (“WMD”) and the provision of WMD-related technical assistance. The controls in this Order apply to persons in the Territories listed in Schedule 1 to the Order, and in respect of certain provisions to United Kingdom persons ordinarily resident in those Territories anywhere in the world.

 

This Order gives effect in the Territories to the European Union Council Regulation (EC) No. 1334/2000 of 22 June 2000 (the “Regulation”) setting up a regime for the control of exports of dual-use items and technology as if the Territories were part of the European Community. Military and para-military goods, software and technology whose export or transfer is controlled are specified in Schedule 1 to the United Kingdom’s The Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) Order 2003 (the “UK Order”). Dual-use goods, software and technology, the export or transfer of which are controlled, in addition to those set out in the Annexes to the Regulation, are specified in Schedule 2 to the UK Order.

 

This Order imposes WMD end-use controls on “any relevant use” in connection with WMD. A relevant use is any use in connection with the development, production, handling, operation, maintenance, storage, detection, identification or dissemination of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or the development, production, maintenance or storage of missiles capable of delivering such weapons.

The Order also introduces controls on:

 

(a)                the transfer by electronic means of listed military technology in Schedule 1 to the UK Order. Electronic transfer includes transfers by fax, e-mail or telephone;

 

(b)               the transfer by any means of technology intended for use in connection with WMD or a related missile programme. This supplements the end-use controls on the physical export of goods, software and technology and the electronic transfer of technology contained in the Regulation. This control will apply to anyone in the Territories or any United Kingdom person ordinarily resident in a Territory wherever located who communicates technology which the provider knows, or has been informed by a competent authority, is or might be intended for use outside the European Community and the Territories in connection with WMD or missiles capable of delivering WMD; and

 

(c)        the provision of technical assistance in relation to WMD. This control will apply to anyone in the Territories or any United Kingdom person ordinarily resident in a Territory wherever located who provides or facilitates the provision of technical assistance outside the Territories where he knows, or is informed by a competent authority, that it is or may be intended for use in connection with WMD, or missiles capable of delivering WMD. This control, together with the WMD transfer controls, implements the European Joint Action of 22nd June 2000 concerning the control of technical assistance related to certain military end-uses (2000/401/CFSP).

 

The Order, as extended to the Territories, is divided into six parts:

·                     Part I deals with controls on the export of military goods, dual-use goods and goods in transit with a WMD end-use;

·                     Part II deals with controls on the electronic transfer of military and dual-use technology and the transfer of technology with a WMD end-use by both electronic and non- electronic means;

·                     Part III deals with controls on the provision of WMD technical assistance;

·                     Part IV sets out exceptions to the controls in Parts I, II and III;

·                     Part V provides for the granting of licences, record keeping and appeals. Paragraph 15 sets out the procedure for appealing against any decision of the Governor to refuse, suspend or revoke any licence issued under the Order. Appeals must be made within 28 days of the date of the written notification recording the Governor’s decision; and

·                     Part VI sets out the penalties and means of enforcement for breach of the controls in the Regulation and Parts I, II and III. In paragraph 16 the maximum penalty for the intentional breach of controls on exports, transfer of technology and technical assistance is set at ten years, the maximum penalty permitted under section 7(1) of the Export Control Act 2002.

 

The European Union Council Regulation (EC) No. 1334/2000 of 22nd June 2000 is published on the European Union website at the following URL:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2000:159:0001:0215:EN:PDF  

 

The United Kingdom’s Export Control Act 2002 may be viewed in its entirety at the following URL: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/28/contents

 

The United Kingdom’s Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) Order 2003 may be viewed in its entirety at the following URL:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/2764/contents/made

 

The Export of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of Technical Assistance (Control) (Overseas Territories) Order 2004 may be viewed in its entirety at the following URL:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/3101/contents/made

 

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