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Restrictive Measures on transportation to and from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

According to Circular No.11 /2016 issued by the Department of Merchant Shipping, ship-owners of vessels flying the Cyprus flag must be aware of the adoption of the new UN and EU instruments, namely UN Security Council Resolution 2270(2016), EU Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/319, 2016/475, 2016/476 and Council Regulation (EU) 2016/315 with regards to the restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In brief, the prohibition is related to the transportation from and to DPRK, of arms and related material, including weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment or related items with the exception of non-combat vehicles. Additionally, transportation of items, materials equipment, goods and technology which contribute to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes, are prohibited, as well as luxury goods, banknotes and coinage, metals, minerals, and aviation fuel.

Exemptions to the above measure are only items, solely intended to be used for verified essential humanitarian purposes, or for livelihood purposes and not by DPRK persons or entities looking to generate revenue.

Further prohibitions are related to the provision of insurance and reinsurance, in which case cargo information is required to be submitted pre-arrival and pre-departure. Also, cargo inspection must be performed on all vessels carrying cargo from or transiting through the DPRK territory, including their seaports.

Bunkering or ship supply services by Cypriot nationals or from the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the leasing or chartering of flagged vessels or the provision of crew services to DPRK nationals are also prohibited, unless there are reasonable grounds that they are necessitated for humanitarian purposes. Further to this, any vessel owned or operated by the DPRK shall be deregistered by the Department of Merchant Shipping.

The Department of Merchant shipping notes the circular should be placed on board of all vessels flying the Cyprus flag.

For more information on the European Union restrictive measures please visit: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/

And for the text of the United Nations Security Resolution may be found on: http://www.un.org/en/documents/index.html