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  The “Partner’s Initiative”[1] is a voluntary and inclusive mechanism to share good practices between companies in the area of export and trade compliance. Participation will reduce the likelihood that your company’s goods or services will aid proliferation or that your company will breach trade control obligations.  At heart of the initiative are guidelines and a related peer-review mechanism. Firms undertake to work towards implementing the internationally-recognised[2] “good practice guidelines” (See below) and to demonstrate to other “Partners” how they go…
Guest post by Richard Tauwhare, Green Light Exports Consulting (former FCO head of Arms Export Policy) In 2013, the UK Government refused 196 export and trade licence applications. Each refusal imposed heavy costs on the exporter concerned: marketing effort wasted, compensation payments for broken contracts, reputation damaged. But in most cases, refusals can be avoided. Here are four tips. First, though this may seem to contradict the main argument, don’t be too quick to rule out markets which suffer from…
Alpha is pleased to formally announce the launch of its export compliance e-learning courses. Currently there are two different levels available to individuals and organisations. The level 1 course is free. It’s intended as a general introduction to export controls for all staff. The level 2 has a small associated cost. It too is intended for all staff, but it contains more content than the level 1 course and is accredited by CPDUK. Information on these courses can be found…
On 3 April Alpha co-hosted an Export Control Symposium with BIS and supported by other organisations. The event attracted 300 attendees from small, medium and large businesses in a variety of roles along the supply chain. A series of workshops run by government and private entities informed attendees about export controls to build up a better awareness of the area that can be utilised when conducting future business. Information was also provided on how to apply for licences and navigate…
Vann Van Diepen, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the US Bureau of International Security and Non-Proliferation, recently spoke to Reuters on continued efforts by Iran to procure materials for their nuclear and missile programmes. In this article he indicated that despite the Joint Plan of Action, which came into effect in January of this year, Iran continues procure goods which can be used in their nuclear or missile programme, however he did not discuss what the goods…
Several media outlets including the BBC are reporting that a Chinese man was arrested at Heathrow in February on charges issued by the US authorities related to the export of thousands of pressure transducers to Iran. It is understood that the pressure transducers originated from MKS instruments and were shipped on to supposedly legitimate customers in China before being diverted to Iran. Alpha has been investigating the proliferation challenges of the vacuum market since the project was established in 2011,…
On the 11th March 2013, specialists from Project Alpha together with a practitioner from British industry provided export compliance training to the Chinese Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) on export compliance. The training took place in Beijing and was attended by around 50 CMEC employees from across the company’s business divisions. CMEC and its subsidiaries have an interesting history related to export controls and non-proliferation. The company has been designated the United States under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and…
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