Do you need an export or import licence for technology, firearms and defence?

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Do you need an export or import licence for technology, firearms and defence?

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Restrictions on the export of technology and defence goods do not just apply to weapons or military hardware. They also apply to goods that are designed for civil use but can be used for military purposes, usually referred to as dual use goods – items such as machine tools, computers and marine equipment. There are also some restrictions on moving military goods between third countries, ie not involving the UK. If you’re planning to export anything with a potential military use you should always seek advice on whether a licence is required. Visit the Export Control Organisation section on the BIS website – Opens in a new window or email the BIS Export Control Organisation at eco.help@bis.gsi.gov.uk to check whether restrictions are likely to apply. As well as applying to specific types of products, restrictions also apply to certain destinations – in particular those to which trade sanctions and arms embargoes apply. Again, you should take advice from the Export Control Organisation. R

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