Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs)

OIEL applications and supporting documentation

If you would like to apply for an Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL), you should first check if you are eligible to do so. See eligibility for an OIEL.

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Top Tips in applying for an OIEL

Although an OIEL is a more flexible export licence, it is not an authorisation to apply for a wide 'wish list' range of countries or goods. You should:

  • be careful and realistic in identifying which goods are to be exported to destinations.
  • be careful in applying for 'sensitive' destinations - as a guide, if a Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) is denied to a specific destination, it is likely that this export destination, if requested on an OIEL will also be denied.
  • try to avoid making one application for a wide range of goods to multiple destinations. You should make separate applications for fewer countries - for example, groups of countries in different regions.

Essentials in making your OIEL application

Your application must:

  • include detailed technical information about the goods being exported.
  • be supported by the provision of consignee undertakings from your end-user.

You are usually not required to provide consignee or end-user details up front at the time of application. However, you do need to obtain the undertaking before the goods are shipped and ensure the undertaking is valid when the shipment is made. You must retain and produce original versions of consignee undertakings for compliance audits.

In a consignee undertaking, the consignee is asked to confirm the nature of the goods ordered, what they will be used for and that they will not be re-exported or incorporated into goods which will subsequently be exported to a destination outside that permitted by the licence. They are also asked to declare that the goods will not be used for activities associated with weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Read more about End-User and Consignee Undertakings for SIELs and OIELs.

Processing Times for OIELs

The ECJU has an informal target of processing 60% of OIEL applications within 60 working days. Formal targets do not apply to the processing of OIELs because of the wide variation in goods, activities and destinations covered by such licences and the need for case by case judgements on each application.