Sweden: ISP releases new template for end-user statements

In brief

As previously reported in Baker McKenzie's Nordic trade compliance news tracer (trade sanctions update) we want to share this important development focusing on Swedish export control requirements.


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Overview

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.  

Background 

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.

Development

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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