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Not only should a company take into account if the Chinese market is open for investment and import, but it should also consider if their product or service complies with local export requirements. Not only looking at taxation and documentation, but also dual-use, strategic goods & services and sanctions. Geopolitical tensions will lead to more protectionism on both sides, companies more and more run the risk of being negatively influenced by political interests opposed to economic ones. 

Dual-use 

The European Commission defines dual-use items as: “Goods, software and technology that can be used for both civilian and military applications.” The EU controls the export, transit, brokering and technical assistance of dual-use items so that it can contribute to international peace and security and prevent the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). The definition of a dual-use item is not black and white, there is a lot of grey area. Here the individual companies are asked to assess if their products could have a dual-use and if its strategically desirable to export these products to China. Chech the website of the European Commission for more insight into the EU's export control regime and additional EU restrictive measures that may apply to dual-use exports.

Central Import and Export Office 

On an operational level the Customs Central Import and Export Office (CDIU), part of the Ministry of Finance, is responsible for providing information about and the issue of licenses for the import and export of these goods and services.  The CDIU: 

  • Provides information about the licence application procedure or about submitting the notification 

  • Deals with your application 

  • Issues the licences 

  • Draws up reports on licences issued 

They are responsible for the day to day processes surrounding export controls and regulations.  

Export controls on strategic goods and services 

Where the CDIU is responsible operationally the Export Controls of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overseeing the strategic and policy making aspects. They look at four policy challenges: 

  • Export of goods / technology transfer, export control 

  • Investments / mergers and acquisitions, FDI screening 

  • Exchange of people, technology control and guidance 

  • Theft of insider information, cyber security and intel community 

When you are unsure if the export of your product or service is strategically desirable from a dual-use or geopolitical point of view you can reach out to them. Also, when you have worries about unwanted technology transfers they can advise you. 

Partners

European Commission

The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, enforcing EU laws and directing the union's administrative operations.

ec.europa.eu

Customs Central Import and Export Office (CDIU)

The Customs Central Import and Export Office (CDIU) is responsible for providing information about and the issue of licences for the import and export of these goods and services.

www.belastingdienst.nl

Export Controls - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The government controls the export of goods for military use and provides information about the export of strategic goods.

www.government.nl

Contact Information

Phone:
0629496439

E-mail:
r.kuppens@brainportdevelopment.nl

Ronnie Kuppens

Project manager China