On 15 April 2020, the Inspectorate of Strategic Products ("ISP") in Sweden introduced a new template for end-user statements. As of 1 September 2020, only end-user certificates based on the new template will be approved. The new template will be used for both civilian and military end-users/end-uses, and can be found on ISPs website.
Exporters of dual-use products are required to obtain information on their customers and to make an assessment regarding the possible risk diversion of exports. Moreover, it is mandatory for exporters of dual-use items to obtain end-user certificates from the end-user when applying for an individual export license.
The end-user statement certifies that the exported products will only be used for certain specified purposes and that the products will not be re-exported. ISP provides templates which exporters are required to use in order to meet the requirements for these certificates.
1.1 What is the new development?
ISP has introduced a new template for end-user statements. The template contains three main changes:
- The template requires a more detailed account of the parties involved in the export transaction.
- It also requires a more detailed description of the end-use of the product.
- Lastly, the template requires a more clear statement on the reported end-use.
The template applies as of 15 April 2020, replacing earlier templates. During a transitional period valid through 31 August 2020, ISP will approve end-user certificates based on the previous template. However, as of 1 September 2020, only end-user certificates based on the new template will be approved.
1.2 What should companies do?
It is important that exporters of dual-use products update their routines for engaging in new transactions, to incorporate the new template for end-user certificates.
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