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New Licence Published ??? Open General Export Licence

Article Date: 08 June 2012

If you export military goods to the United States, then you should take note of the newly published Open General Export Licence which permits certain exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty.

The new licence comes into force on 28 May 2012 and is a significant aspect to ensure implementation of the treaty in the UK. The licence specifies:

- Permitted destinations or countries

- To whom you can export goods, technology or software

- Other restrictions applying to exports or transfers against this licence

- Actions you must undertake to use this licence: before exporting and when exporting

- Records you must keep

- Other legal requirements

- What happens if you fail to comply

You should be aware that one of the main pre-conditions for use is that you are a member of the “approved community”, which is explained further in the attached Notice. You should also note that there are a wide range of excluded items that are not permitted under this particular licence.

If you determine that you can meet all the licence’s specified terms and conditions, then you can register for this licence on the ECO’s export licensing database, SPIRE – https://www.spire.bis.gov.uk. To help determine if you can meet all conditions you might like to use the OGEL Checker website – http://www.ecochecker.bis.gov.uk.

The treaty itself came into force on 13 April 2012 and is intended to ease the export of defence articles between both countries. You can access the treaty at http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/treaties/index.html.

For more information on the notice please click here.

The licence specifies: - permitted destinations or countries - to whom you can export goods, technology or software - other restrictions applying to exports or transfers against this licence - actions you must undertake to use this licence: before exporting and when exporting - records you must keep - other legal requirements - what happens if you fail to comply.

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