Carina Lauridsen Mehanovic, Export Compliance Manager & Anti-Bribery Compliance Officer, adds:
”It is somewhat similar to GDPR. The rules were always in place, but they do not come into focus until the governments become more consistent.”
The equipment cannot fall into the wrong hands
So where lies the problem with the dual-use equipment? ”The legislation related to IT equipment differentiates between simple products and more advanced products, such as dual-use products. This term refers to products that serve multiple purposes such as military purposes, mass-surveillance, and the like, however, it can also be used for common office purposes,” Carina says and elaborates: “if the products fall into the wrong hands, the risk is great for both national and international security and because of this, the products are subject to increased export control.”
According to Kamilla, it is pretty black and white. “Do you want to continue to send your dual-use equipment to the furthest parts of the world? If the answer is yes, there is only one way forward, which is to adhere to the applicable legislation and rules. Any breach of the sanctions will result in anything from administrative sanctions, large fines, and incarceration.”
Carina elaborates: ”It is because of this that we offer to our customers the service which includes having all paperwork and export permits in order and after the fact, we also handle the necessary reporting. This is a highly specialized feature we offer from this team and we are among the only ones in the business here in Denmark who have a division dedicated to this field of expertise.”
A surprise to many
At Danoffice IT, we face the actual development of international commerce of network equipment as well as other dual-use equipment head on. Among other things, we screen every single order containing controlled equipment or heading for sanctioned destinations. Indeed, Camilla Pihlkjær Pedersen of our Inside Sales views this support as a positive. During her direct client contact, she notices that many are not aware of the requirements our screenings map out for each individual matter.
We are Export Compliance Specialists!
”At Danoffice IT we are pre-approved to export dual-use equipment by a number of governments and this makes the process more efficient,” Carina states. “Together with our customers, we ensure efficient and proper management of the export rules. This allows us to take quick action in matters that would otherwise normally be very time-consuming. Our skill-sets and experiences in this field are achieved through many years of dedicated efforts. We are proud to call ourselves specialists in this field and with us as your partner, you can safely export to the entire world.” With this statement, Carina Lauridsen Mehanovic, Export Compliance Manager & Anti-Bribery Compliance Officer at Danoffice IT, concludes.