Trade Controls in the EU: COVID-19 Measures at a Glance

In response to the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic, the European Union ("EU"), various Member States and the United Kingdom have adopted trade control measures aimed at avoiding shortages and ensuring the availability and quality of certain essential medicines and medical equipment. Specifically, at the EU level, the European Commission adopted a Regulation making the export of certain products subject to an export authorisation. The Member States have implemented this export licensing requirement, as well as the United Kingdom. In addition, a number of Member States have introduced further trade control measures on an individual basis, including export bans, notification requirements for exports, import requirements to ensure product safety and the power to seize goods.

Read the full White Paper.

Insights by Jones Day should not be construed as legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general information purposes only and may not be quoted or referred to in any other publication or proceeding without the prior written consent of the Firm, to be given or withheld at our discretion. To request permission to reprint or reuse any of our Insights, please use our “Contact Us” form, which can be found on our website at This Insight is not intended to create, and neither publication nor receipt of it constitutes, an attorney-client relationship. The views set forth herein are the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Firm.