May 14, 2023
Export control: the need for an internal compliance programme

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What is an Internal Compliance Programme (ICP) and what are its core elements? What if the ICP is not required by law, should companies still use it? The answer is definitely yes. Even if your company does not fall under the criteria for a mandatory ICP, it is important to have one in place if you deal with export-controlled items.
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restrictions, trade barriers
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Exports of goods are an important driver of business productivity and economic growth (Mota et al., 2021). Nobody doubts the benefits of exporting today. The government aims to increase the competitiveness of business and industry in international trade and to promote job creation and economic growth by creating a business-friendly environment. Exports are an important part of business, both for the national economy and for the growth and development of businesses themselves. Economic growth, especially in small countries, is driven by foreign trade, making the promotion of exports a crucial task for a country. The dynamics and development of export growth depend on the implementation of a targeted export policy by the government, and exports are a key factor of economic growth for various countries, including Lithuania.

Jonas Aleksonis

export
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