The Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry (MOE) recently announced its updated export control list of chemical, biological and nuclear-related items (otherwise known as the “CBN list”). These changes (nominally) are technical in nature (updates include removal of terms already defined in legislation, removal of repetitive licensing exemptions, etc.), and the list continues to adopt certain export control lists administered by the Australia Group, Nuclear Suppliers Group and under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The updated CBN list can be found here.

As background, Israel has two key export control regimes: a defense regime administered by the Ministry of Defense and a civilian regime administered by the MOE. Two export control lists are adopted under Israel’s civilian export control regime: the CBN list (as described), as well as the Wassenaar Arrangement's List of Dual Use Goods and Technologies, excluding Category 5(2) on Information Security, when goods are not intended for a defense use.[1]

The updated CBN list implements several changes to its previous version (some of which have a more substantive effect, but these are beyond this update’s scope). From a technical standpoint, the updated CBN list is important for referencing export control provisions, particularly when applying for export licenses, since the MOE currently uses pagination as a point of reference in this export control list. The reason for referencing page numbers as opposed to provision numbers is that, currently, the CBN list is a collation of export control lists administered by other inter-governmental organizations (the AG, NSG and CWC). This is as opposed to taking a more unified form with internally coherent export control classification numbers, like the US Commerce Control List and the EU List of Dual Use Items.