Is there a way of getting pre-approval, from an official UK government body, of exports of bioanalytical instrumentation from the UK to Iran, prior to shipment, in order to reduce risks of non-compliance with sanctions?
The UK’s licensing body is the Export Control Organisation and they should be your first port of call. Sanctions would come under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or UK Treasury depending on the type of sanction. I would suggest that these three departments are the starting point for you.
The short answer is yes, as the Export Control Organisation provides the only pre-approval system, which is to apply for an export licence.
There may be a more practical (and less time consuming) step to take in advance of speaking to the export control organisation, which is to check with your bank whether you can accept money from Iran yet. To my knowledge major UK banks are still prohibiting payments originating from Iran.
The sanctions imposed by the EU are still in place, meaning only a small range of goods and services can be exported, pending the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visiting Iran as part of the Iran deal talks which reached a resolution recently. Their report isn’t expected until December of this year, meaning it’s likely trade will resume in the early part of 2016.
Hope this helps, and that you are able to capitalise on the successful talks in due course.
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