Goods that could be used to inflict capital punishment or torture - Import/export licence

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Following the new law of 27 June 2018 on export controls as published in the Mémorial A No 603 of 20 July 2018, some information is no longer correct; a legal update of the relevant texts and forms is currently in progress.
For more information, please contact the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls ( Office du contrôle des exportations, importations et du transit - OCEIT), formerly called the Licensing Office.

 

It is prohibited to import/export any goods having no practical application other than to inflict capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment. However, an exception may be made for a public museum exhibit.

Goods that may only potentially be used to these ends may be exported if authorised by an export licence.

In Luxembourg, these import/export licences are issued by the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls on behalf of the Commission administrative belgo-luxembourgeoise (CABL).

Who is concerned

All operators (whether natural or legal persons) must request a licence/authorisation:

  • to export or import goods whose sole application is to inflict capital punishment or torture out of or into the European Union (public museum exhibit only);
  • to export goods that could be used to inflict capital punishment or torture out of the European Union.

Goods whose sole application is to inflict capital punishment or torture

It is prohibited to import into the EU or export out of the EU any goods having no practical application other than to inflict capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, whatever their origin.

However, the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls may allow these items to be imported or exported only so that they may be included in a public museum exhibit owing to their historical significance.

Goods whose sole application is to inflict capital punishment or torture are listed in Appendix I of the Grand-Ducal regulation of 22 June 2012.

Providing technical assistance concerning these goods in a third country or receiving said assistance in Luxembourg is prohibited.

Goods that could be used to inflict capital punishment or torture

The Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls may authorise the export of goods that could be used to inflict capital punishment or torture on a case-by-case basis if it considers that there is no reason to believe that these goods could be used by an oppressive government or any natural or legal person in a third country for the purposes of torture or to inflict cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment or treatment.

Goods that could be used to inflict capital punishment or torture are listed in Appendix II of the Grand-Ducal regulation of 22 June 2012.

No export authorisation is required for Appendix II goods destined for:

  • the following Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT), provided that the goods concerned are used by an authority responsible for law enforcement:
    • Denmark: Greenland;
    • France: New Caledonia and dependencies, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon;
    • Germany: Büsingen.
  • non-EU countries if these goods are used by civilian or military personnel from an EU Member State participating in an EU or UN peacekeeping or crisis management operation in the country concerned.
No export authorisation is required for Appendix II goods that are only passing through the EU customs territory, including where goods from EU countries are deposited in a free-trade zone or free warehouse.

Prerequisites

First of all, the applicant has to know the precise tariff classification of goods (CN, TARIC) of the goods concerned.

The operator can find this information as follows:

Deadlines

Import/export licences are normally granted within 3 working days provided that all necessary documentation has been provided.

In principle, the licences are valid for several shipments provided that the indicated quantities are not exceeded. The validity period granted varies. It is normally from 3 to 12 months and may be extended by a maximum of 12 months.

How to proceed

Goods whose sole application is to inflict capital punishment or torture

In order to export/import goods designed to inflict capital punishment or torture for a museum exhibit, the exporter/importer must send the original, signed copy of an export/import authorisation request for goods that could be used to inflict torture to the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls.

The Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls reserves the right to request any additional document which may help examine the application.

Goods that could be used to inflict capital punishment or torture

In order to export goods that could be used to inflict capital punishment or torture, the exporter must send the original, signed copy of an export/import authorisation request for goods that could be used to inflict torture to the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls, accompanied by the following documents:

  • an explanatory letter;
  • a copy of the purchase/sale contract;
  • a copy of the invoice (or pro forma invoice);
  • an end-use certificate, where applicable.

Using the licence

The operator must present the license to customs at the time of the export declaration/import declaration for the goods concerned.

The customs office will stamp the license and:

  • return it to the operator if the indicated quantities have not yet been used up;
  • or send it back to the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls if the quantities have been used up or if the validity date has expired.

The operator must send their licences back to the Office for Export, Import and Transit Controls:

  • when the planned transactions have been concluded;
  • or within 10 days after the end of their validity date (even if they have not been used or only partially used).

 

Forms / Online services

Exportation ou importation de biens susceptibles d'être utilisés à des fins de torture

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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