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The Strategic Trade Management Office (STMO) is processing the registration of exporters looking to export strategic goods under the Strategic Trade Management Act.

The export authorization process starts July 2020 despite the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Justin Herrera at the policy and enterprise relations division of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said companies whose export products are considered strategic goods or dual-use goods should register with the STMO prior to licensing or authorization.

STMO is the lead agency managing the trade of strategic goods and technologies to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Strategic or dual-use goods are items, software and technology that can be used for both civil and military ends or in connection with the development, production, handling, operation, maintenance, storage, detection, identification of dissemination of weapons of mass destruction.

“Registration is ongoing even as STMO office is currently on a work-from-home setup. We’re processing registration applications as we speak,” Herrera said.

He advised companies to check the National Strategic Goods List to see if their products are part of the list. “If your products are indeed controlled, please register to STMO.”

In a parallel event, experts have asked nine Asia-Pacific countries to restate tobacco harm reduction as core policy at the 9th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) to be held in The Hague, Netherlands in November 2020.

The advisory group of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) reminded health, commerce, trade, tourism and finance ministers that the WHO-FCTC repeatedly failed to pursue its mandate of identifying tobacco harm reduction (THR) as a core tobacco control policy.

The CAPHRA sent the letter to Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand where cigarette smoking continues to cause deaths and diseases among large segments of the population.

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