US Expands Trade Restrictions, Targets Companies with Ties to Chinese Military

US Expands Trade Restrictions, Targets Companies with Ties to Chinese Military

Luisa Martinez
3 min read

U.S. Expands Trade Restrictions, Adding Six Companies to List

On Tuesday, the United States broadened its trade restriction list by including six companies, four of which have ties to the training of China's military forces. Notably, Global Training Solutions Limited and Smartech Future Limited in China, along with Grace Air (Pty) Ltd and Livingston Aerospace Limited in the UK, were targeted for their connections with the Test Flying Academy of South Africa, which has been training Chinese military pilots using Western and NATO resources. Additionally, UAE companies Mega Fast Cargo and Mega Technique General Trading were included for evasive practices, including shipping U.S.-origin goods to Russia.

These companies have now been placed on the Entity List by the U.S. Commerce Department, which means that they will require licenses to receive U.S. goods and technology, likely to be denied. This move is part of broader efforts to prevent U.S. technology from aiding foreign adversaries like China and Russia. In a related action, the Commerce Department added 13 companies to its Unverified List, including eight from China, due to the inability to conduct on-site visits to verify their trustworthiness. Conversely, eight companies were removed from the Unverified List, six of which were from China. These lists are key tools in the U.S.'s strategy to protect sensitive American goods and technology from unauthorized use.

Key Takeaways

  • U.S. adds six companies to trade restriction list, four linked to China's military training.
  • Two Chinese, one South African, two UAE, and one British company affected.
  • Mega Fast Cargo and Mega Technique General Trading in UAE added for evasive conduct.
  • 13 companies added to U.S. Unverified List, including eight from China.
  • U.S. Commerce Department tightens controls to prevent tech aiding China and Russia.


The U.S. expansion of trade restrictions impacts Chinese, South African, UAE, and British firms, particularly those aiding China's military or evading sanctions. Direct causes include these companies' involvement in sensitive activities, while indirect causes stem from broader U.S. efforts to curb tech transfer to adversaries. Short-term consequences include heightened trade barriers and operational challenges for listed firms. Long-term, this could escalate geopolitical tensions and reshape global supply chains, incentivizing China and Russia to develop indigenous technologies and seek alternative trade partners. Financial markets may react with volatility, affecting investors in affected regions and sectors.

Did You Know?

  • Entity List (U.S. Commerce Department):
    • The Entity List is a tool used by the U.S. Department of Commerce to restrict the export, re-export, or in-country transfer of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to entities (such as companies, research institutions, government and private organizations, individuals) that pose a significant risk of engaging in activities that could adversely affect U.S. national security or foreign policy interests. Companies listed on the Entity List require a special license from the U.S. government to receive goods and technology from the U.S., and these licenses are often denied.
  • Unverified List (U.S. Commerce Department):
    • The Unverified List, also managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, includes entities that U.S. officials have been unable to verify personally. This list serves as a warning to exporters that they should exercise caution when dealing with these entities because the U.S. government has not been able to confirm their bona fides (legitimacy or authenticity). Companies on this list may face increased scrutiny or restrictions on their ability to engage in transactions involving U.S. goods and technology.
  • Evasive Practices in Trade:
    • Evasive practices refer to actions taken by companies or individuals to circumvent trade restrictions, regulations, or sanctions. In the context of the news article, UAE companies Mega Fast Cargo and Mega Technique General Trading were added to the U.S. trade restriction list for their involvement in shipping U.S.-origin goods to Russia, which is likely in violation of existing trade restrictions. Such practices can include mislabeling shipments, using false documentation, or routing goods through intermediary countries to obscure their final destination.

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