Export licence denied for end-user reasons – how should we handle this situation?

Question

Whereas our materials are neither listed as Dual Use or Military Use, we are frequently denied shipment based on end-user considerations.

We are not in a position necessarily to understand the motives of an end-user, or its controlling government. – How should we handle this?

(This question was asked at one of our recent webinars on Export Controls. You can listen to this webinar on our recent webinars page at http://opentoexport.com/info/webinars/)

Answer

The U.K. Government are in a much better position to investigate foreign entities than we are even if we carry out thoroigh due diligence, and while the reasons for the rejection may not be forthcoming it is obviously a sign of there being something “iffy” in the potential transaction.

In this case there’s nothing you can do to get around it.

Answer

The best advice is for you to use the End User advice service available through SPIRE. The Export Control Organisation will consider your proposed export and advise you whether there are any End Use concerns in advance of shipment.

Answer

The U.K. Government are in a much better position to investigate foreign entities than we are even if we carry out thoroigh due diligence, and while the reasons for the rejection may not be forthcoming it is obviously a sign of there being something “iffy” in the potential transaction.

In this case there’s nothing you can do to get around it.

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