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February 22, 1987

UK DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & INDUSTRY SHOWS ITS TEETH

By CBR Staff Writer

The British Government, widely assumed to be spineless on the issue (CI No 620), has shown the bulldog to have more teeth than was imagined, and the Department of Trade & Industry has firmly told the US Commerce Department that it may not audit the books of British high-tech companies that include US parts in their systems, and may export the systems to countries out of favour with the US: the exception is where a company specifically requests an audit because it wants to retain approved foreign consignee status; under existing rules, US licences have to be obtained for export of sensitive goods to all foreign companies, but under the new rules, some foriegn companies will be granted a blanket licence as approved foreign consignees.

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