Effective export control system is an important pillar of Pakistan’s non-proliferation regime. Strategic Export Control Division contributes to this objective through various legislative, administrative and regulatory measures to promote responsible trade in-line with Pakistan’s foreign and security policy.
In 2004, Pakistan adopted the “Export Control on Goods, Technologies, Material and Equipment related to Nuclear and Biological Weapons and their Delivery Systems Act” (circulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as INFCIRC/636 on 23 November 2004).
Pursuant to the aforementioned Act, the Strategic Export Control Division was created in 2007 to coordinate and further strengthen controls over export, re-export, trans-shipment and transit of goods, technologies, material and equipment. Prohibition on diversion, intangible technology controls and "catch-all" are some of the important features of strategic export control system.
Pakistan has declared voluntary adherence to the NSG guidelines and has notified comprehensive Control Lists and Guidelines on strategic export controls, which are in line with the scope and controls maintained by NSG, MTCR and AG.