Beginners' guide to export controls

What are my responsibilities and obligations as an exporter?


As an exporter, you have various responsibilities. You need to ensure that you have solid export control systems and procedures in place in terms of record keeping, training and lines of responsibility.

Businesses that have registered to use Open General Export Licences for exporting items or who have been granted an Open Individual Export Licence are subject to regular compliance visits. Read our guide on compliance and enforcement of export controls.

If a compliance visit finds that you are not complying with the terms of your licence, you could face a penalty. Penalties range from de-registration of your licence to fines or even a potential prison term if you do not adhere to your export control obligations.

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has a clearly defined service and performance code, which outlines the ECJU's commitments to its customers and what is expected of exporters. 

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