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Genral updates

Hong Kong

Further to notice 2020/12 and following the Foreign Secretary’s oral statement of 20 July 2020, the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has removed Hong Kong as a permitted destination from:

  • 20 open general export licences (OGELs)
  • one open general transhipment licence (OGTL)
  • one open general trade control licence (OGTCL)

In addition, one OGEL and one OGTL have been revoked.

Further information can be found here:

Notice to Exporters 2020/13

New Open General Export Licence

A new open general export licence (OGEL) allowing the export of dual-use items (with both a civilian and military application) from the UK to EU member states and the Channel Islands has been issued.

This licence will come into force if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. You don’t need a licence to export dual-use items to EU member states or the Channel Islands before this date.

If you wish to benefit from this licence you will need to register through SPIRE, the Export Control Joint Unit’s (ECJU’s) electronic licensing system, stating where you will keep records of the exports or transfers and where the ECJU may inspect them.

Further information can be found at Open general export licence (export of dual-use items to EU member states)

COVID-19 related updates

April 2020 update

The Department for International Trade (DIT) have put in place business continuity measures to enable licensing to continue. This includes technical assessments, end-use checks and reviewing applications against licensing criteria. Communications can still be made to, and received from, the SPIRE licensing system, including requests for any further information on individual cases.  DIT have further confirmed there are no export licence compliance issues with staff accessing UK export control regulated data from their home location, using College provided laptops or those secured on the network (VPN etc).

May 2020 Update

Register now for: Technology and Strategic Export Controls – Do I need an export licence?

Department for International Trade (DIT) have a webinar on 12 May 2020 at 10am for exporters of military or dual use "technology", as defined by strategic export controls. The webinar will provide guidance on the UK's licensing requirements, including exports of "technology" by intangible (electronic) means.

Please note: this event will assume that participants already possess a basic knowledge of export controls.

The webinar will cover:

  • how do we define "technology" for export control purposes?
  • what goods or software are included in the term "technology"?
  • what "technology" exports do we licence?
  • what about storing "technology" overseas?
  • do you need a licence for all "technology" exports?
  • what types of licences are available?
  • how does "technology" affect Compliance?

Register for: Technology and Strategic Export Controls – Do I need an export licence?

Adrian Bond and Claire Harrison from the Business Awareness team of the Export Control Joint Unit will lead the webinar and answer questions.

If you have any questions for the panel to consider on the day, please email them to Denise.Carter@trade.gov.uk