Important Information - Export Control Licences
Published on 21/6/2012
If you are exporting products out of the UK, be it inside the EU or further afield, you need to be aware of Export Control Licences. Export controls are not unique to the UK. All countries have some form of an export control policy, legislation and enforcement mechanisms.
Whether or not you need an export licence for your goods will be determined by four factors, the:
* nature of the goods due to be exported
* destination concerned
* ultimate end use of the goods
* licensability of trade activities
The following checklist outlines the broad categories of goods which are likely to be controlled:
* most items that have been specially designed or modified for military use and their components
* dual-use items - those that can be used for civil or military purposes - which meet certain specified technical standards and some of their components
* associated technology and software
* goods that might be used for torture
* radioactive sources
There are a variety of licences available, so you need to check carefully which one you require. Failure to obtain the correct licence can lead to shipments being unnecessarily detained and even investigation by HMRC.
There are a number of ways you can find out all you need to know about Export Control Licences:
1. The Export Control Organisation (ECO) is responsible for administering the licences, and further information, including the online application process, is available from: Export Control Organisation, 3rd Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET; Tel: 020 7215 4594; Email: email@example.com
2. Information is also available on the Business Link website
3. Alternatively, there are training courses available, and further information is available from the ECO website.
The BMF is in discussion with the ECO about developing a training course aimed specifically at the marine industry and we will keep you updated as and when information becomes available. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org