In terms of Dual use Items, is body armour included?

Question

In terms of Dual Items, is body armour included?

(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

Body armour, other similar protective items and their components appear on the military list under ML13d – if manufactured to military standards – and for items not manufactured to military standards you will find them in 1A005 of the dual use list.

In both cases, if they are “exported” by the user for their own protection they are not controlled – so a journalist taking them overseas for example would not need a licence.

Answer

Dear Bianca

I looked on the Goods Checker Tool for body armour and found an entry under ML13 and entries under Dual Use List 1A.
https://www.ecochecker.bis.gov.uk/spirefox5live/fox/spire/

You will need to check the technical specifications of your body armour to determine whether it is consistent with the types of protection which is controlled. See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/beginners-guide-to-export-controls to see procedure on applying for a licence

Answer

Body armour, other similar protective items and their components appear on the military list under ML13d – if manufactured to military standards – and for items not manufactured to military standards you will find them in 1A005 of the dual use list.

In both cases, if they are “exported” by the user for their own protection they are not controlled – so a journalist taking them overseas for example would not need a licence.

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