Arms-trade regulations to be relaxed for AUKUS

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have released proposed changes to national exemptions to remove export controls between AUKUS partners.

​These changes are designed to enable defence industry across all three countries to work more seamlessly in a license-free environment, while strengthening collaboration and making it easier to develop advanced scientific, technological and industrial capabilities.

​For the first time, this would:

  • Remove the requirement for approximately 900 export permits, valued at AU$5 billion per year, which would otherwise be required under current export controls from Australia to the US and UK.
  • Remove the requirement for approximately 200 permits, valued at more than AU$129 million per year, required for defence exports from the UK to Australia.
  • Enable licence-free trade for more than 70 per cent of defence exports subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations from the United States to Australia.
  • Enable licence-free trade for more than 80 per cent of defence trade subject to Export Administration Regulations from the United States to Australia.

Stakeholders across industry, higher education and research sectors, as well as those from the UK and the US, are invited to provide feedback on the draft arrangements.

Public consultation is now open until 31 May 2024 on the Defence Trade Legislation Amendment Regulations 2024 (DTL Amendment Regulations), which includes amendments to the Defence Trade Controls Regulation 2013 and Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958.

​The UK has also released their open general export licence amendments, alongside the US’ amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations for simultaneous consultation.

 

  • ​Further information on the DTL Amendment Regulations can be accessed HERE.
  • ​Submissions on the DTL Amendment Regulations can be made HERE.

 


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Posted by Brian Hartigan

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One thought on “Arms-trade regulations to be relaxed for AUKUS

  • 12/05/2024 at 5:57 pm
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    Should we look to the UK to manufacture Astute Class subs for us with changes for US torpedos and CNC systems?

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