Scrutiny of Arms Exports and Arms Controls (2015) - Committees on Arms Export Controls Contents



Definition of Export Control Organisation licences

SIEL—Standard Individual Export Licence

SIELs generally allow shipments of specified items to a specific consignee up to the quantity specified by the licence. Licences permitting permanent export are generally valid for two years from the date of issue. Where the export is temporary, for example for the purposes of demonstration, trial or evaluation, the licence is generally valid for one year only and the items must be returned before the licence expires.[1] The Government supplies the value of SIEL licences.

OIEL—Open Individual Export Licence

OIELs are specific to an individual exporter and cover multiple shipments of specified items to specified destinations and/or, in some cases specified consignees. Licences permitting permanent export are generally valid for up to 5 years from the date of issue. However, OIELs covering the export to EU Member States of items entered on the Military List and Dealer to Dealer OIELs are generally valid for 3 years.[2] The Government does not supply the value of OIEL licences.

SITCL—Standard Individual Trade Control Licence

A Standard Individual Trade Control Licence is specific to a named trader and covers involvement in trading of a set quantity of specific goods between a specific source and destination country with a specified consignor, consignee and end-user. SITCLs will normally be valid for two years.[3]

OITCL—Open Individual Trade Control Licence

An OITCL is specific to a named trader and covers involvement in trading or specific goods between specific source and destination countries and/or specified consignors, consignees and end-users. OITCLs are generally valid for two years.[4]

OGTL—Open General Transhipment Licence

This licence allows, subject to conditions, any goods to be imported for transhipment and subsequently exported within 30 days of entering the UK.[5]

OGEL - Open General Export licence

Open General Licences (OGLs) are pre-published export, trade or transhipment licences in the public domain.[6]

SITL—Standard Individual Transhipment Licence

A SITL is specific to a named transit/transhipment provider, and covers a set quantity of specific goods between a specific source and destination country with a specified consignor, consignee and end-user. SITLs are normally valid for 2 years.[7]


1   Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Strategic Export Controls: Country Pivot Report 1st April 2014-30th June 2014, p 4 Back

2   Ev w459 - Letter from Vince Cable to The Chairman of the Committees on Arms Export Controls dated 4 February 2015 Back

3   Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Strategic Export Controls: Country Pivot Report 1st April 2014-30th June 2014, p 5 Back

4   Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Strategic Export Controls: Country Pivot Report 1st April 2014-30th June 2014, p 5 Back

5   Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Transhipment licences, https://www.gov.uk/transhipment-licences Back

6   Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Open General Licences: an overview, https://www.gov.uk/open-general-licences-an-overview Back

7   Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Transhipment licences, https://www.gov.uk/transhipment-licences Back


 
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