Quadripartite Select Committee First Report

Annex 3: The Swedish export control association

The Swedish Export Control Association was formed in 1994 by seven Swedish companies (four of them exporters of dual-use products and three of them of munitions items). Today, the Association has about 75 members representing 50 companies, half of which export dual-use goods and half munitions. The current Board includes representatives from Ericsson (the current chair), ABB, SAAB Bofors Dynamics, and Volvo Aero Corporation, as well as from the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprises.

The Association aims to keep its members updated about relevant changes in national, EU and US export control regulations for dual-use and munitions items. To this purpose, it publishes a quarterly newsletter (EXSTRA) and organizes meetings and training seminars. It also serves as a forum for cooperation with government, specifically the licensing authority (Inspectorate for Strategic Products, ISP).

An annual two-day seminar (the Swedish 'UpDate' on Export Control of Dual-Use and Munitions Goods) has been held every May since 1998. The first day usually focuses on product classification and basic export control questions. The second day is dedicated to more in-depth questions and the specifics of internal compliance programmes, for which the audience is divided up into groups dealing with dual-use and munitions, respectively. The speakers include representatives from ISP, Swedish Customs, other relevant government agencies, and industry. Speakers from the US Departments of State and of Commerce addressed a one-day seminar on US regulations held in the autumn of 2005.

This year for the first time, the Association is offering a series of one and two-day training courses for internal compliance officers. The curriculum was prepared in cooperation with ISP. The Swedish Export Control Society will issue a certificate for those who have passed a test following the training. The Swedish Export Control Association is a non-profit organization with an annual membership fee. The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce is responsible for administrative matters, such as keeping the list of members up to date, sending out invitations to meetings, courses and seminars, maintaining the website, and book keeping. It also provides the premises. The website URL <http://www.chamber.se/exportcontrol/> (in Swedish only) provides the latest newsletter, the list of members, statutes, board members, minutes of the meetings, upcoming activities, and information about application for membership.

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