If a company discovers it/an employee committed an infringement of the export controls rules: what are the liabilities and recommendations?

Question

If a company discovers it/an employee committed an infringement of the export controls rules: what are the liabilities and recommendations?

(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

Thank you for your question.

HMRC enforce Export Controls and when these controls are infringed then decide what, if any, action is to be taken. This can range from no-action, warnings, fines, all the way to custodial sentences for the most severe breaches of Export Controls.

It is always advised that if a company finds that it/an employee breaches these controls that they contact HMRC and explain the circumstances and remedial action being undertaken to prevent such breaches in the future. This is called a Voluntary Disclosure and further details can be found on our website (‘Breaches’ are about 3/4 of the way down the page):

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/compliance-checks-and-enforcement-of-export-controls-on-strategic-goods-and-technology

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