Guide

Do you need an export or import licence?

Introduction

If your business is considering exporting or importing goods, you will need to check if you need a licence.

There are controls on exports of military or paramilitary goods, technology, artworks, plants and animals, medicines and chemicals.

There are also controls on imports including firearms, plants and animals, foods, medicines, textiles and chemicals. Whether you need a licence can also depend on where the goods are coming from.

Exporting or importing controlled goods without the right licence is a criminal offence, so it's important to check first.

You may need a licence even if you are only exporting or importing goods temporarily - eg taking a sample to an exhibition.