US regulations codify UN sanctions

U.S. Federal Register (Hat Tip OneFree Korea)

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Bureau of Industry and Security
15 CFR Parts 732, 738, 740, 742, 746, 772 and 774

[Docket No. 070111012-7017-01]
RIN 0694-AD97

North Korea: Imposition of New Foreign Policy Controls
AGENCY: Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce.
ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: In accordance with recent United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions and the foreign policy interests of the United States, the United States Government is imposing restrictions on exports and reexports of luxury goods to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), and is continuing to restrict exports and reexports of nuclear or missile-related items and other items included on the Commerce Control List (CCL). To this end, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to impose license requirements for the export and reexport of virtually all items subject to the EAR to North Korea, except food and medicines not listed on the CCL.
    BIS will generally deny applications to export and reexport luxury goods, e.g., luxury automobiles; yachts; gems; jewelry; other fashion accessories; cosmetics; perfumes; furs; designer clothing; luxury watches; rugs and tapestries; electronic entertainment software and equipment; recreational sports equipment; tobacco; wine and other
alcoholic beverages; musical instruments; art; and antiques and collectible items including but not limited to rare coins and stamps.
    BIS will continue to generally deny applications to export and reexport arms and related materiel controlled on the CCL and items controlled under the multilateral export control regimes (the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Australia Group, and the Wassenaar Arrangement). This includes items specified in UN documents S/2006/814, S/2006/815 and S/2006/853. BIS will also generally deny applications to export and reexport other items that the UN determines could contribute to North Korea’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related, or other weapons of mass destruction-related programs.
    BIS will also generally approve applications to export or reexport: non-food, non-medical humanitarian items (e.g., blankets, basic footwear, heating oil, and other items meeting subsistence needs) intended for the benefit of the North Korean people; items in support of United Nations humanitarian efforts; and agricultural commodities and medical devices that are determined not to be luxury goods.
    BIS will review on a case-by-case basis applications to export and reexport all other items subject to the EAR.

DATES: This rule is effective January 26, 2007.

The following further amplifies the illustrative of list luxury goods set forth in Sec.  746.4(c):
    (a) Tobacco and tobacco products
    (b) Luxury watches: Wrist, pocket, and others with a case of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal
    (c) Apparel and fashion items, as follows:
    (1) Leather articles
    (2) Silk articles
    (3) Fur skins and artificial furs
    (4) Fashion accessories: Leather travel goods, vanity cases, binocular and camera cases, handbags, wallets, designer fountain pens, silk scarves
    (5) Cosmetics, including beauty and make-up
    (6) Perfumes and toilet waters
    (7) Designer clothing: Leather apparel and clothing accessories
    (d) Decorative items, as follows:
    (1) Rugs and tapestries
    (2) Tableware of porcelain or bone china
    (3) Items of lead crystal
    (4) Works of art (including paintings, original sculptures and statuary), antiques (more than 100 years old), and collectible items, including rare coins and stamps
    (e) Jewelry: Jewelry with pearls, gems, precious and semi-precious stones (including diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds), jewelry of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal
    (f) Electronic items, as follows:
    (1) Flat-screen, plasma, or LCD panel televisions or other video monitors or receivers (including high-definition televisions), and any television larger than 29 inches; DVD players
    (2) Personal digital assistants (PDAs)
    (3) Personal digital music players
    (4) Computer laptops
    (g) Transportation items, as follows:
    (1) Yachts and other aquatic recreational vehicles (such as personal watercraft)
    (2) Luxury automobiles (and motor vehicles): Automobiles and other motor vehicles to transport people (other than public transport), including station wagons
    (3) Racing cars, snowmobiles, and motorcycles
    (4) Personal transportation devices (stand-up motorized scooters)
    (h) Recreational items, as follows:
    (1) Musical instruments
    (2) Recreational sports equipment
    (i) Alcoholic beverages: wine, beer, ales, and liquor


2 Responses to “US regulations codify UN sanctions”

  1. Mars says:


    am I reading clearly that computer laptops are forbidden? Which means, if I’m found entering NK with laptops for our associates there (we do software development there) I’m liable to the UN?However unlikely this is to happen at Beijing’s airport, but still…for discussion’s sake.

    Or is the restriction just for sales?


  2. Curtis Melvin says:

    I am not a lawyer/barrister, so I am also forbidden from giving legal advice in the US…But the Federal Register is a list of US regulations (and it is almost 3 meters thick), applicable only in the US. I believe you are not from the US, so you should consult a lawyer/barrister in your home country to see if they have enacted similar regulations.

    But I have flown from Beijing’s Capital airport to Pyongyang, and they could care less what you take on the plane (remember all the stuff the North Korean’s are bringing back with them?)