Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Strategic Export Controls (CoCom)

Comité de coordination pour le contrôle multilatéral des exportations stratégiques

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1949, Paris (France), as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Also referred to as: Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls; Coordinating Committee on Export Controls; Consultative Group Cooperation Committee; Paris Committee and in French as Comité commercial d'approbation des ventes. The full title was also previously reported as: Coordinating Committee for Exports to Communist Areas. Ceased to exist Apr 1994. Superseded by Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar Arrangement).


Compile lists of goods considered to be of strategic importance and therefore not to be sold, directly or indirectly, by the West to certain proscribed countries; facilitate efforts to maintain a Western strategic embargo, in particular on high-tech computer and electronics items.

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List of embargoed items reviewed (one quarter each year). Current concerns include: the effects of suppressing internal controls arising with the European single market in 1992; reducing restrictions in order to help rebuild the economies of the countries of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and of Central and Eastern Europe.


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Members in 17 countries
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Subjects *

  • Commerce
    • Customs
    • Import, Export
    • Merchandise
  • Informatics, Classification
    • Informatics
  • Cybernetics
    • Control
  • Technology
    • Technology
    • Electronics
  • Strategy
    • Strategy

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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