Article 4 – Catch-All Controls

EU imposed Catch-All controls are described in Article 4 of the EU List of Dual Use goods. Besides, you need to visit your national export control authorities to find out whether or not special national controls have been implemented in your country.

One tool that you should consider using when you are doing business with unknown or suspicious customers is an End-user statement. A template recommended by the EU is available here.

The EU has published a User Guide on how to handle a number of Export Compliance issues.

Contact details for the EU NON-PROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT OFFICE are:

EU NON-PROLIFERATION AND DISARMAMENT OFFICE
Rue de la loi, 175
B-1048 Brussels
Tel. +32-2-281.4956
Fax +32-2-281.8155
e-mail: NonProliferation-Disarm@eeas.europa.eu

You may also visit this list of competent national authorities.

The Catch-All clause requires authorization for exports of any items which are or may be intended for use in connection with weapons of mass destruction, as well as conventional arms if these are to be exported to destinations under an arms embargo.

Catch-All controls first appeared in the EU Council Regulation 3381/94 in 1994. Later, EU Council Regulation 1334/2000 established more extensive catch-all provisions than its predecessor.

The EU is extending catch-all controls to new countries as prospective EU member states introduces the catch-all control into national trade control laws in preparation for EU membership.

The Australia Group became the first multilateral export control regime to introduce a catch-all control for its particpating states – back in 2002.