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Guidelines on Evaluating Exports to United Arab Emirates

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. government officials speaking at the recent Bureau of Industry and Security Update Conference on export controls and policy identified a number of factors that businesses should take into consideration when exporting to the United Arab Emirates, which often serves as a waypoint for illicit shipments to prohibited destinations such as Iran, Syria and Sudan. More information on this and other topics covered at the Update Conference are available here.

Most common commodities diverted from UAE

- oil industry-related items
- medical and test equipment
- electronics and network components
- aircraft parts, engines and avionic parts
- industrial parts and supplies
- pumps, equipment control panels and fabricated piping
- oscilloscopes, signal generators, medical reagents, microbiology supplies and lab equipment
- integrated circuits, used servers, gyros, capacitors and microwave parts
- construction materials, hardware and machinery

Common red flags when dealing with UAE

- multiple trading companies listed as end-user for advanced technical equipment
- inconsistent commodity for trading company/end-user
- UAE trading companies purchasing for end-users located outside UAE
- generic contact details in end-user agreements (e.g., “aviation business in Gulf area”)
- at-risk locations (Deira, Bur Dubai, Naif area, Sharjah Airport FTZ)

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