Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs)

Frequently asked questions about Open Individual Export Licences

This page answers common queries raised at Export Control seminars about Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs).

1. Under what circumstances will an OIEL be issued?

An OIEL is a concessionary form of licence, and are issued depending on the circumstances. The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) usually look for a minimum of 20 SIEL applications per year. They will, however, also consider applications if there is a business case detailing why an OIEL is the most appropriate licence.

2. How long does it take to get an OIEL?

The ECO aims to process 60 per cent of OIEL applications within 60 working days. We advise that you should envisage a timescale of three to six months for an OIEL to be issued.

3. Can an OIEL be amended to include additional goods or destinations?

No. You would need to apply for a new OIEL to incorporate both the existing and new goods and/or destinations. When the new OIEL has been re-issued, ECJU will cancel the old one.

4. Can an OIEL application be made before all consignee or end-user details are known?

Yes. If you are applying for an OIEL then you are not required to obtain consignee or end-user details up front at the time of application. You will however need to obtain the details within a month of receiving the goods. You will need to keep and produce originals (not copies) of the required documentation for Compliance Audits. You will also need to ensure that the undertaking is not out of date when the shipment is made.