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Dual-Use Export Control Changes Agreed by Wassenaar Arrangement Members

Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

A statement reviewing the work of the Wassenaar Arrangement in 2014 highlights new export controls on some dual-use goods and relaxed controls on others. The WA focuses on promoting transparency and greater responsibility in the transfer of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies and currently comprises 41 member states.

According to the statement, WA participants agreed in 2014 to new export controls in a number of areas, including spacecraft equipment (category 9) and technology for fly-by-wire/flight-by-light systems (category 7). There were also substantial reviews of texts for the control of machine tools (category 2), optical equipment for military utility and fiber laser components (category 6).

On the other hand, export controls were further relaxed in a number of areas, such as equipment for the production of electronic devices (category 3) and telecommunications equipment having specific information security functionality for the administration, operation or maintenance of networks (category 5P2). In addition, significant reviews of several categories resulted in the deletion of obsolete controls relating to vessels (category 8) and in refined controls on unmanned aerial vehicles (category 9), specifically taking note of the substantial progress of technology in that area.

The statement notes that in light of the forthcoming entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty the WA secretariat will continue to monitor opportunities for the Arrangement to contribute to international cooperation with regard to this agreement.

The WA has also made available the attached summary of changes to the List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies and Munitions List.

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