Skip Navigation
Menu
Newsletters

South Korea Tightens Export Control Measures Regarding Russia, Belarus, and North Korea While Reinstating Japan as Whitelisted Trading Partner

2023.04.28

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (“MOTIE”) promulgated the amended Public Notice on Trade of Strategic Items that adds controlled items with regards to Russia and Belarus, while restoring Japan to the trade whitelist.1 It also pre-announced the draft amendment to the Public Notice of Special Measures on Trade to Undertake Obligations for International Peace and Security Maintenance that adds 77 satellite-related items to the watch-list targeting North Korea.

Amendment to Public Notice on Trade of Strategic Items

The MOTIE confirmed and promulgated the amended Public Notice on Trade of Strategic Items on April 24, 2023, which in essence (i) expands the scope of items subject to export control on Russia and Belarus and (ii) reinstates Japan to South Korea’s trade whitelist. 

1.   741 Items are Newly Added to the List of Items Subject to Catch-all License for Export to Russia and Belarus
 

As pre-announced on February 24, 2023, the amended Public Notice expands the scope of items subject to export control regarding Russia and Belarus, effective from April 28, 2023.

The amended Public Notice adds 741 items related to industrial machines, petroleum gas refining equipment, steel and chemicals, vehicles, and quantum computers to the existing 57 items. Exporting to Russia or Belarus any of the 798 items requires an export license issued by the MOTIE. The MOTIE has established the principle that it will ban all exports of listed items. It will, however, grant exceptional licenses after a case-by-case review for exports under a contract executed prior to April 28, 2023, or to a wholly-owned subsidiary located in Russia or Belarus (please refer to the attached Appendix 2-2 - Items Subject to Catch-all License, for more information on the newly added 741 items).

Companies trading in the relevant business or trading goods newly included in the list, such as vehicles worth USD 50,000 or more (including used cars), should pay special attention to the current developments. 

With the amendment, South Korea now imposes a similar level of export control measures as the level currently imposed by the US and the EU. However, international demand for a complete ban on exports to Russia and Belarus is growing in response to the prolonged war in Ukraine. Continued monitoring is recommended as the Public Notice may be further amended to keep abreast of the global trend. 
 

2.   Japan is Restored on the Trade Whitelist
 

As pre-announced on March 23, 2023, Japan is now back on the trade white list, three years and seven months after the country was removed from the list in 2019. From the effective date (April 24, 2023), licensing standards and documentation requirement imposed on strategic items exported to Japan have been relaxed.
 

3.   Other Amendments to the Public Notice on Trade of Strategic Items
 

In addition to the above, the amendment (i) allows Compliance Program partners of AA grade or higher to conduct self-assessment regarding export of technologies subject to catch-all license (amendment to Article 12(3)(i) of the Public Notice); (ii) exempts foreign satellite launch contractors from the requirement to submit end user pledges (enactment of Article 19(4)); (iii) extends the time period given for reimporting and discarding strategic items that were exported for inspection and testing from one year to five years, while adding requisite documents to be submitted (amendment to Article 26(1)(xv) and 26(2)); and (iv) adds or removes strategic items as agreed upon under the 4th multilateral Export Control Regime in 2022 (Appendixes 2 and 3).
 

Pre-announcement of Draft Partial Amendment to Public Notice of Special Measures on Trade to Undertake Obligations for International Peace and Security Maintenance

On April 24, 2023, the MOTIE pre-announced the draft amendment to the Public Notice of Special Measures on Trade to Undertake Obligations for International Peace and Security Maintenance. The Public Notice adds 77 satellite-related items to the watch list targeting North Korea, under which the items are banned for trade with North Korea.

Companies should carefully review the amendment as the Notice applies not only to direct exports to North Korea but also to third parties in cases where North Korea is the final destination (Article 48 of the Public Notice). The chart below shows the current status of the watch list, including the newly added 77 satellite-related items (see attached Appendix 6 - North Korea Watch-list for more details).
 

[North Korea Watch-list]

Before Amendment

After Amendment

①   89 items relating to nuclear

②   41 items relating to missiles

③   60 items relating to submarines

①   89 items relating to nuclear

②   41 items relating to missiles

③   60 items relating to submarines 

④   77 items relating to satellites (added)

 


1   Whitelist: The list of countries classified as belonging to “Zone A” under Article 10 and Appendix 6 of the Public Notice on Trade of Strategic Items.

 

[Korean Version]

Attachment [Appendix 2-2 to Public Notice on Trade of Strategic Items] Items Subject to Catch-all License.pdf [Appendix 6 to Public Notice on Trade for International Peace] North Korea Watch-list.pdf

Share

Close

Professionals

CLose

Professionals

CLose
test