Is there a process in place to address the situation where an item was exported in previous years and was subject to an export licence, however the licence was not obtained?
(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/)
Thank you for your question – I apologise for the delay in responding.
Exporting controlled goods without the proper licence is a criminal offence. If you have become aware that you have exported goods or transferred controlled technology without an appropriate licence in place, it is very important to report the irregularity to HMRC as soon as possible. You should write to HMRC at:
HM Revenue & Customs
Customs Enforcement & International Division Excise Customs Stamps & Money 3E/10 100 Parliament Street
You should provide:
• details of the export – including dates
• any relevant documents – such as export documentation and commercial invoices
• details of how the breach was discovered, why it occured and what steps you have put in place to ensure it does not happen again
HMRC will consider the matter and contact you directly, either for more information or to let you know of their decision.
This is a useful guide to help you put compliance structures in place – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/compliance-checks-and-enforcement-of-export-controls-on-strategic-goods-and-technology