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Export Licencing And Export Control

How to Comply with Export Regulations

Shipping to certain countries is affected by export controls and ongoing international sanctions based on the type of goods, the origin and destination country and the parties involved in the transaction.

Why are there export controls?

There are several reasons why governments aim to control the export of goods, depending on the nature and destinations of the proposed export.

  • concerns about internal repression, regional instability or other human rights violations
  • concerns about the development of weapons of mass destruction
  • foreign policy and international treaty commitments including as a result of the imposition of EU or United Nations trade sanctions or arms embargoes
  • national and collective security of the UK and its allies

Do I need a licence?

Whether or not you need an export licence for your goods will be determined by 4 factors, the:

  • nature of the goods due to be exported
  • destination concerned
  • ultimate end use of the goods
  • licensability of trade activities

Concerned Destinations

The countries that you should be particular concerned in exporting too are as follows: -

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burma, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Republic of Guinea, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.

Nature of goods

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

Shipping Invoices for consignments that are not controlled goods

Please be advised that HM Customs have advised that they now require the following declaration on all shipping invoices with immediate effect.

‘I confirm that these are not controlled goods and that they do not require an export license.  I declare that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and that the goods are of the origin specified above’

The invoice must be signed and dated.

Exporting and advising Team Global that you are exporting controlled goods

Team Global must be advised by e-mailing if you are or think that you are exporting controlled goods. Please note that you can also visit the following links: -