how do i know if i really need an export license

Question posted by tom bond, on behalf of no name yet in TR4

hi

i am just sending one or two boxes of clothes or shoes to an non EU country per month, value of about £1000 or £1500 for that box.
So, how do i know if i really need an export license? Do i need to have have special documents/ status at all? I am sending to Ukraine- some 2nd hand goods, e.g. books or clothes, but i will send some new clothes and shoes too.

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Tracy Ruff, on behalf of UKTI South West in Bristol.

Dear Tom
The Export Control Organisation is the only organisation that can provide definitive "yes" or "no" answer as to whether a company needs an export licence. However export licences in the main are required for military and dual-use goods. There are also some conttrols of goods to countries which are subject to sanctions. For full information look at:
https://www.gov.uk/export-control-licence
As you are looking to export books and clothes to Ukraine, it is unlikely that you will need an export licence. However, some countries require second hand clothes to be fumigated before entry - check with your freight forwarder or your buyer in the Ukraine.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards
Tracy

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Richard Wishart, on behalf of Delivery Management Ltd in PE29.

Tom,

The following checklist outlines the broad categories of goods which are likely to be controlled:

· most items that have been specially designed or modified for military use
· dual-use items - those that can be used for civil or military purposes
· associated technology and software
· goods that might be used for torture
· radioactive sources

The main reason why these types of goods are controlled is because, they are listed on one of the UK Strategic Export Control Lists. The Control Lists are a listing of items for which a licence is required from the ECO. The Consolidated List is compiled from seven lists in various pieces of international legislation. The main elements of the Consolidated List are the UK Military List and theEU Dual-Use List.

Depending on your goods, you will need to consult the relevant list and determine the relevant ‘rating’ or classification of your products, before applying for a licence.

The ECO (Export Control Office) is concerned with goods of a ‘strategic’ nature such as military or civilian (dual-use) goods that can be used for military purposes. Export controls on other categories of goods are the responsibility of other departments.

Margaret Chadwick : Director
info@chadwickexport.com
www.chadwickexport.com
Tel: 01954 261561

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The only additional pointer I'd like to add to Tracy's comprehensive advice is that you can also have a look at the additional guidance page:
https://www.gov.uk/do-your-goods-need-an-export-licence

This sets out all the different types of controls that exist and exactly what you will need to check out for when exporting. Depending on the nature of your export - the goods may not be on a control list, if you are trading with a sanctioned destination, you will need to check out end use controls. This link will give you access to sanctioned destinations
for which export control will apply.

Regards

Claire

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tom bond, on behalf of no name yet in TR4.

hi

i don't see anything on those links other than it mentions military products.

https://www.gov.uk/do-your-goods-need-an-export-licence
and
https://www.gov.uk/export-control-licence

i reckon clothes and shoes are fine- they can't be used as weapons :)
Well, at least i hope not.

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Richard Wishart, on behalf of Delivery Management Ltd in PE29.

Tom

The information from Margaret Chadwick didn't fit in the 2000 word limit for an answer - So I have put up an article with the full content

Shoes should be OK - unless they are to be worn by soldiers !!

All the best

Richard

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tom bond, on behalf of no name yet in TR4.

thanks for the links and advice.

But they seem to all about military stuff- which is not applicable.
All i want to know is can i export clothes from retail outlets here in UK to Ukraine?
i would buy them here and re-sell etc etc

So far it sounds like i can do it without any need for a license. I don't see clothes from a high street chain in UK being dangerous or dual purpose.

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting are given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise
www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus

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David Payne, on behalf of Bathyscaphe LLC in KT8.

Hi Tom

The dilemma of sending small parcels to Ukraine has been a problem since 1992 with, up till recently, customs duties being applied to gift parcels valued above $1.00. This legislation has changed recently with a limit approximately €50.00 or above.

All gifts and small items are subject to excise tax and control. If you are sending these parcels to church groups or similar as gift parcels not for re-sale there may be exemptions that you need to discuss with the UA Embassy or a trusted specialist in Kyiv.

I do know that many nearly new clothes and some second hand clothes are imported to Ukraine for re-sale at local farmers markets. If your products fall into this category be aware of customs import duty and regulations.

If you need more advice or help please contact me

Best regards
David Payne

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