On 16 December 2015, the Export Control (Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 2015 (the "Order") will come into force in the UK, restricting the provision of assistance relating to the supply of hydrazine and related compounds, which can be used as a high-energy propellant in rockets.

The Order amends the Export Control (Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol Sanctions) Order 2014 to provide a requirement for authorisation for the provision of technical assistance, financing or financial assistance related to the sale, supply, transfer or export to Russia and/or the import, purchase or transport from Russia of:

  • hydrazine (CAS 302-01-2) in concentrations of 70% or more;
  • unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine (CAS 57-14-7) (import, purchase or transport only); and
  • monomethyl hydrazine (CAS 60-34-4),

for use by the European space industry (as previously reported in our blog on 1 October 2015).

The Order reflects the requirement in Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1797, which came into force on 9 October 2015 and amended Council Regulation (EU) 833/2014 (see our previous blog post on 7 October 2015) that such direct or indirect ancillary assistance relating to hydrazine and related compounds will require prior authorisation by the competent authorities.