Restrictions on the import or procurement of goods

This page summarises Australia’s current restrictions on the import or procurement of goods from the DPRK.

UNSC sanctions regime

1. Australian law prohibits the procurement from the DPRK, or from a person or entity in the DPRK, any of the following ‘import sanctioned goods’:

2. Australian law also prohibits the receipt of ‘import sanctioned goods’ from the DPRK, or a person or entity in the DPRK, if the goods are received for the purposes of repair, servicing, refurbishing, testing, reverse-engineering or marketing by the person or another person.

3. Australian law also prohibits the import from the DPRK of any item that is not an ‘import sanctioned good’, food, medicine, coal, iron or iron ore if the import is not authorised by a permit.

4. Australian law also prohibits the procurement from the DPRK of coal, iron or iron ore if the import is not authorized by a permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

If you assess that your activity satisfies the applicable conditions set out below, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

‘Import sanctioned goods’

The Minister for Foreign Affairs cannot grant a sanctions permit authorising the procurement of ‘import sanctioned goods’ from the DPRK.

Other goods

With respect to the imports set out in paragraph 3 above, the Minister may grant a permit authorising the import of an item if the Minister is satisfied that the item is not an item that could directly contribute to the development of the operational capabilities of:

  • the armed forces of the DPRK, or
  • the armed forces of a Member State outside the DPRK.

If the Minister is not satisfied of the above in respect of the item, the Minister may grant a permit for the import of the item if:

  • the Committee has been notified of the proposed import and has determined that it would not be contrary to the objectives of any United Nations Security Council Resolution regarding the DPRK, or
  • all of the following are satisfied:
    • the item is being imported for humanitarian purposes or exclusively for the livelihood of the DPRK
    • the item will not be used by a person or entity in the DPRK to generate revenue
    • the item does not relate to any activity prohibited by a United Nations Security Council Resolution regarding the DPRK
    • the Committee has been notified of the proposed import in advance, and
    • the Committee has been informed of measures taken to prevent the diversion of the item for such other purposes.

With respect to the procurement set out in paragraph 4 above, the Minister may only grant a sanctions permit authorising the procurement of coal, iron or iron ore from the DPRK if:

  • in relation to coal – all of the following are satisfied:
    • the Minister is able to confirm, on reasonable grounds, that the coal originated outside the DPRK and was transported through the DPRK solely for export from the Port of Rajin (Rason)
    • the procurement was notified to the Committee in advance, and
    • the procurement is unrelated to generating revenue for the nuclear or ballistic missile programs, or other weapons of mass destruction programs, of the DPRK or for activities prohibited by a United Nations Security Council Resolution regarding the DPRK, or
  • in relation to coal, iron or iron ore – the procurement is:
    • exclusively for the livelihood of the DPRK, and
    • unrelated to generating revenue for the nuclear or ballistic missile programs, or other weapons of mass destruction programs, of the DPRK or for activities prohibited by a United Nations Security Council Resolution regarding the DPRK.

Implementing legislation

Regulations 4, 7, 8D, 8E, 10, 14C and 14D of the Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions — Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Regulations 2008

Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) (Documents) Instrument 2017

Last Updated: 16 May 2017