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An Introduction to Export Controls and Licensing

By the end of July 2023 exports from the UK were up over 16% on the previous year8. Businesses know that they can and should be able to grow their profits by exporting. An added complexity comes with licensable products which require particular licences and Government approvals. As experts in international trade, we will take you through UK export controls and licensing so you can navigate this successfully for your business.

Who should attend?

Those who are new to export controls and licensing.

What will I learn?

You will be guided through why we have export controls and licensing, the types of licences available and how to take the initial steps towards the licensing application.  We will also look at how to export with a licence in place and how to be compliant when managing the process for HMRC.

Specifically, we cover:

  • Introduction to export controls
  • Reasons for needing a licence
    • UK Legislation
    • UK Strategic Controls List- Military and Dual use lists
  • Types of licence
  • OGELs
    • Adhering to the T&Cs
    • Reading an OGEL
  • Individual licences
  • SPIRE and the application process
  • Other export controls- USA, Trade controls & Sanctions
  • Compliance

How will I learn?

This is an interactive session with plenty of opportunity to ask questions alongside practical activities in classifying goods.


Half-day workshop from 9.30am to 12.30pm, or afternoon slot.

Learn from the Experts

Exporter Services has been empowering businesses to export successfully for over 10 years. We offer straightforward, no-nonsense learning to enable you to feel confident in your export skills.

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