Dual-use goods - Brokering licence

This page was last modified on 15-01-2018

The EU law on export controls has foreseen a licence for the brokering of dual-use goods.

The authorisation becomes mandatory when the broker is aware or has been informed by the competent national authorities that his services may lead to the production or provision of weapons of mass destruction in a third country.

In Luxembourg, these authorisations (called licences) are issued by the Licensing Office (Office des Licenses).

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Who is concerned

Any broker (natural or legal person) established in Luxembourg must apply for a licence in order to provide brokering services concerning:

Dual-use goods listed in annex I

Brokering dual-use goods listed in annex I of Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 (cf. latest update of annex I: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 1382/2014) is subject to a brokering licence if the Licensing Office has informed the broker that said goods are or may be intended, in part or in full, for:

  • the development, production, handling, operation, maintenance, storage, detection, identification or dissemination of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or any other nuclear explosive device;
  • or for the development, production, maintenance or storage of missiles which may be used as a carrier for these weapons.

If a broker is aware that the goods, for which he offers his brokering services, are intended, in part or in full, for one of the above uses, he must inform the Licensing Office who will decide whether an authorisation is required.

Other dual-use goods not listed ("catch all" clause)

The brokering of dual-use goods which are not listed in annex I of Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 is subject to a brokering licence if the Licensing Office has informed the broker that all or part of the goods concerned are or may be intended:

  • for:
    • the development, production, handling, operation, maintenance, storage, detection, identification or dissemination of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or any other nuclear explosive device;
    • or for the development, production, maintenance or storage of missiles which may be used as a carrier for these weapons;
  • or for a military end-use when the purchasing or destination country is under a weapons embargo.
Military end-use means:
  • incorporation into military items listed in the Common military list of the European Union (EU CML list);
  • use of production, testing or analytical equipment and components for the purpose of development, production or maintenance of military items listed in the EU CML list;
  • use of unfinished products in a plant with the aim to produce military items listed in the EU CML list.

How to proceed

Brokering licence for dual-use goods

In order to provide brokering services for dual-use goods from the EU to a third country, the broker must apply for a brokering licence from the Licensing Office.

The application must indicate:

  • the location of the dual-use goods in the third country of origin;
  • a clear description of the goods;
  • the quantity concerned;
  • third parties involved in the transaction;
  • the third country of destination;
  • the end-user in the third country and his exact location.

The Licensing Office reserves the right to request any additional document which may help examine the application.

Brokering register

Brokers of dual-use items must keep a register or detailed statements of their brokering services in order to be able to provide:

  • the description of the dual-use items which were part of the brokering service;
  • the period where the brokering services took place;
  • the destination and the country(ies) concerned by the brokering services.

These records must be kept for a period of 10 years as from the end of the calendar year in which the brokering service took place.

They must be presented upon request to any person authorised to carry out the controls.

Who to contact

Ministry of the Economy
19-21, boulevard Royal
L-2449 - Luxembourg
Postal box BP 113 / L-2011 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 22 61 62
Fax: (+352) 46 61 38
Email office.licences@eco.etat.lu