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International trade regulations in the clothing, footwear and fashion sector

Export licensing and certification in the clothing, footwear and fashion sector

If you export goods with military uses or textiles or garments over 50 years old and above a certain value, you will need an export licence.

Goods with military uses

An export licence is required in order to export specified goods with military uses - eg camouflage textiles or garments. You should consult the Military List and Dual Use List to find out if you need a licence for any product. You can also find out if restrictions apply to your exports on the BEIS Goods Checker.

You may require an export licence for goods with a potential military use, eg clothing with camouflage capabilities. Read more about strategic export controls.

Textiles or garments over 50 years old

Textiles or garments that are over 50 years old and worth more than £12,000 need an export licence as they qualify as antiques or works of art. These licences are issued by the Arts Council Export Licensing Unit.

Contact the Arts Council Export Licensing Unit on Tel Arts Council Export Licensing Unit on Tel 0207 268 9606 or via email at elu@artscouncil.org.uk

Find more information on export licences.