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Case Study - Export of corrosion resistant pumps

A foreign chemical production company has approached an Australian manufacturer to purchase corrosion-resistant pumps. The pumps are made from a metal alloy and contain a special coating that makes them highly resistant to chemical damage. The pumps would be suited to the operating requirements described by the foreign company.

The Australian company already knows the pumps are not regulated by the DSGL, but as this is a first time customer they decide to conduct further enquiries. They learn that the chemical company is government-owned, and that the country is suspected by the international community of developing a covert chemical weapons program.

The Australian company should submit an Application to Export Controlled Goods and Technology form to DEC. The export of otherwise uncontrolled goods, where there are grounds for believing or suspecting they will or may be used inWMD, is a criminal offence.