EC dual-use regulation
What is the EC dual-use regulation?
The EC dual-use regulation (Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009) is an instrument applied by the European Community to control the export of goods, including data processing programs and technologies, that can be used for dual purposes.
The Regulation defines the term "dual use" items as referring to goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes.
Annex I of the EC Dual Use Regulation contains a list of the goods that it is not permissible to export to another country unless prior authorisation to do so has been obtained.
What changes are there and what does this mean for the export of frequency converters?
The technical characteristics relevant to the export of frequency converters (Lenze calls them inverters) are indicated in No. 3A225 of Annex I of the above-named regulation. As a consequence of the changes in the technical characteristics specified there, the export controls for inverters have been expanded. This means that export authorisation now has to be obtained for inverters that could previously be exported without authorisation.
How do I know whether the export of an inverter requires prior authorisation?
If the export of a Lenze inverter requires prior authorisation, Lenze indicates this on all relevant business papers and documents (offers, order papers, delivery papers etc.) by noting the following:
"Product requiring export authorisation when shipping to countries outside the EC – Export List No. 3A225 (EC Dual Use Regulation)"
Is the availability of Lenze inverters restricted due to the changes in the regulation?
No. Where Lenze exports affected products into countries outside the EC, we perform all the necessary procedures and arrange for the required export authorisation, thus ensuring availability of the products. Therefore there is no change in the availability of inverters.
Does export authorisation also have to be obtained for inverters that are built into another product/machine?
No, for the vast majority of applications this is not the case.
The question if the inverter can be considered the principal element of the application plays the key role in this context. In judging whether the inverter is to be considered the principal element, it is necessary to weigh the factors of quantity, value and technological know-how involved and other special circumstances which might establish the inverter as the principal element of the machine it is built into.
In any case, every exporter is obliged to independently check whether export authorisation is required.
What customs tariff number do Lenze inverters have?
The customs tariff number for Lenze inverters is 85044090
What do I have to do if I want to export a Lenze inverter to another country?
- Delivery within the European Union:
For shipments within the EC, no export authorization is required.
The requirement to obtain export authorisation for the product in the case of an export outside the EC must however be indicated on all relevant business papers.
- Depending on the final destination of the product to be exported, general export authorisations (e.g. EU 001) can be used in some cases. The exact rules depend on the EU country from which you want to export the inverter. This is because implementation of the EC dual-use regulation varies from country to country. Please contact the responsible authorities to obtain the relevant information.
- Export of inverters from Germany for which authorisation is required:
In order to reduce the necessary export controls to the necessary level in the interests of all the parties involved, the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle = BAFA) has issued a so-called general authorisation (Allgemeine Genehmigung AGG17) for the export of inverters. Additionally a complementary general authorisation exists on EU level "EU 001". The "EU001" is also valid for a limited scope of countries.
As a result, it is no longer necessary to apply for individual authorisations in most cases. After registering once with BAFA (notification of availment of AGG17 respectively EU001), all exporters in Germany can invoke AGG17 when they want to export inverters. The BAFA provides a clear description of the regulations for Germany in its Merkblatt zur Ausfuhr von Frequenzumwandlern (Memorandum on the Export of Frequency Converters in German language only). This document also includes detailed information about which general authorisation is valid for which country.
For which Lenze inverters is authorisation required?
|Product family||authorisation required?|
|Inverters > motor or wall mounting|
| 8400 protec frequency inverters ||No|
|8400 motec frequency inverters||No|
|SMV IP65 frequency inverters||No|
|Inverters > control cabinet mounting|
|i950 servo inverters||No|
|i700 servo inverters||No*|
|i550 frequency inverters||No|
|i510 frequency inverters||No|
|9400 HighLine servo inverters||Yes|
|8400 TopLine frequency inverters||No*|
|8400 HighLine frequency inverters||No*|
|8400 StateLine frequency inverters||No*|
|8400 BaseLine frequency inverters||No|
|SMV IP31 frequency inverters||No|
|Lenze Smart Motor||No|
|Previous products > Inverters|
| ECS servo inverters ||Yes|
|9300 servo inverters||Yes|
|9300 vector frequency inverters||Yes|
|8200 vector frequency inverters||Yes|
|8200 motec frequency inverters||Yes|
* Versions requiring an export licence (>599 Hz) are available on request.
If your product is not on the list, please get in touch with your responsible contact person at Lenze
Can we as a customer use Lenze's export authorisation for exports to third countries?
No, the export authorisation is not transferrable.
Any further questions?
If you have any further questions on this topic, your responsible contact person at Lenze will be happy to help you.