If your business is exporting goods, you'll need to check additional measures specified in the UK Trade Tariff. One of the measures could be export authorisation under the UK's export control laws. This means you could require an export licence if you are only exporting goods temporarily i.e. samples to an exhibition, or perhaps travelling with computer equipment that contains detailed drawings.
There are sectors that are clearly subject to these export control laws, including military/paramilitary goods, technology, arms and ammunition. But there are some products that could be deemed 'Dual-Use' and the requirements may not be so clear. Goods in the following sectors fall under this category:
•Nuclear materials, facilities and equipment
•Special materials and related equipment
•Telecommunications and "information security"
•Sensors and lasers
•Navigation and avionics
•Aerospace and Propulsion
It is a strict liability offence to export or attempt to export controlled goods without a licence and can result in
•Goods being seized by UK Border Force/HMRC
•Penalty of up to three times the value of the goods seized being served
•Imprisonment if there's a knowledge of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
•Criminal prosecution if the exporter is deemed to have intentionally failed to comply.
It is a serious criminal offence to deliberately evade or attempt to evade controls and can result in these penalties from
•Magistrates Court - £5,000 fine or 3 times the value of the goods and 6 months' imprisonment
•Crown Court - unlimited fine and up to 10 years' imprisonment.
So if you think your business could be affected by UK export control laws, this short breakfast seminar will help you understand your responsibilities, and take the necessary steps to protect your international business.
•Background to UK Export Controls - explaining the controls, the legislation (UK and EU), the goods and technology that are controlled, types of activities that are controlled, the key Control Lists, the main activities and end use controls
•Types of export licences available to exporters, the differences between them, the problems Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) experience when handling licence applications, the licencing process and the Criteria we have to follow in considering export licences
•Compliance - why the ECJU visit companies who use open licences, explain what to expect, the problems we come across on such visits and guidance on best practice and penalties that could be imposed
•Open Export Licence Exercise's - Attendees get opportunity to look at various scenarios and consider whether a particular open export licence could be used or not (getting used to using open export licences)
•Concluding Remarks and Open Q&A session.
Who should attend?
All staff involved in international trade transactions including administrators, sales, purchasing, finance, shipping/logistics, compliance and service industries (freight forwarders, legal and financial services).
In the event of a booking being cancelled prior to the scheduled course date, the following charges will apply:
30+ days notice = 25%
14-30 days notice = 50%
<14 days notice = 100%
Bookings can be transferred to a later date but will incur a £10 admin fee.