Guidance

Export luxury goods to North Korea or Syria: special rules

There’s a ban on supplying luxury goods to anyone in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) or Syria, directly or indirectly.

North Korea

The banned luxury goods for North Korea are:

  • pure bred horses
  • caviar and caviar substitutes
  • truffles and goods containing truffles
  • high quality wines and spirits
  • high quality cigars and cigarillos
  • luxury perfumes, toilet waters, cosmetics, make up and beauty products
  • high quality leather goods - for example, handbags travel goods and saddlery
  • high quality clothes, clothing accessories and shoes
  • hand knotted carpets, hand woven rugs and tapestries
  • pearls, precious and semi precious stones, articles of pearls, jewellery, gold or silversmith articles
  • coins and banknotes that aren’t legal tender - for example, antique coins
  • cutlery made from precious metal or plated or clad with precious metal
  • high quality tableware made from porcelain, china, stone or earthenware or fine pottery
  • high quality lead crystal glassware
  • high end electronic items for domestic use (for example toasters, coffee makers and sewing machines)
  • high end video equipment, audio equipment and cameras
  • luxury vehicles, boats or aircraft (and spare parts for luxury vehicles, boats or aircraft)
  • luxury clocks and watches (and parts for luxury clocks and watches)
  • high quality musical instruments
  • works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques
  • equipment for skiing, golf, diving and water sports
  • equipment for gaming like billiards, automatic bowling, casino games and slot machines

Syria

The banned luxury goods for Syria are:

  • pure bred horses
  • caviar and caviar substitutes sold for more than €20 per 100 grams
  • truffles
  • wines and spirits sold for more than €50 per litre
  • cigars and cigarillos sold for more than €10 each
  • perfumes and toilet waters sold for more than €70 per 50 ml
  • cosmetics, make up and beauty products sold for more than €70 each
  • leather goods sold for more than €200 each, for example handbags, travel goods and saddlery
  • clothes, clothing accessories and shoes sold for more than €600 per item
  • pearls, precious and semi precious stones, jewellery, gold or silversmith items
  • coins and banknotes that aren’t legal tender - for example, antique coins
  • cutlery made from precious metal or plated or clad with precious metal
  • tableware made from porcelain, china or stone, or earthenware or fine pottery, sold for more than €500 each
  • lead crystal glassware sold for more than €200 each
  • vehicles, boats, aircraft and their accessories sold for more than €25,000 (or €15,000 if used)
  • clocks, watches and their parts sold for more than €500
  • works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques
  • equipment for skiing, golf and water sports sold for more than €500
  • equipment for billiards, automatic bowling, casino games and slot machines sold for more than €500

There are also financial sanctions restricting any sort of dealings with certain people and organisations connected with North Korea and Syria.

Published 9 November 2016