• Andrew Skinner

Hong Kong TID Issues Circular on the Elimination of U.S. Licence Exception Civil End Use.

On 12 May, 2020 Hong Kong TID issued Strategic Trade Controls Circular No. 3/2020 which

informs traders of the removal of U.S. Licence Exception Civil End Users (License Exception CIV).



License exception CIV is currently used to control exports, reexports, or transfers (in-country) of U.S.-origin goods to civilian end-users in countries of national security concerns for National Security - (NS) controlled items.

As of 29th June, 2020, License Exception CIV will no longer be available, and exporters will need separate U.S. export authorisation from BIS when exporting, re-exporting or transferring items previously covered by Licence Exception CIV for Group D:1 countries. 


Group D1 countries include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, the Mainland of China, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Libya, Macau, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen. There is no change to Hong Kong’s import and export licensing controls on strategic commodities as currently required under Hong Kong's import and export laws.


See more information on Export Controls & Sanctions here.


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