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Open General Licence

  1. 1. Open General Export and Trade Control Licences are licencesavailable for all exporters or traders to use and allow the exportof specified controlled items by any exporter or licence theinvolvement of a trader in arranging the movement of goodsbetween certain countries outside the UK. Exporters must register with the Export Control Organizationon SPIRE before they make use of most OGLs. There are also a small number of Open General TranshipmentLicences (OGTLs), for which registration is not required.
  2. 2.  As noted above, exporters must register with the Export ControlOrganisation before they make use of most OGLs. This is a condition of thelicence and exporters and traders are reminded that they should read thelicence before they register to use it. You must register via the ECOs licensing system, SPIRE - Registration requires the following information in addition to general SPIRE information:---> The OGL (or OGLs) that you wish to register to use from a drop-down menu. ---> Address at which copies of the records of shipments made under the OGl or CGEA may be inspected and a named contactpoint, with telephone number and e-mail address.
  3. 3.  Before using any Open General Licence you needto be sure that you can adhere to all its terms andconditions. You might find using the ECOs Checker websitehelpful. The OGEl Checker tool guides you throughquestions about your intended destination and natureof your goods and helps to identified if you might beable to use a particular OGl.
  4. 4. The restrictions and conditions that exporters must comply with varyfrom licence to licence. However, they are likely to include at least the following:1. End-use - The licence does not authorise the export of items inrespect of which the exporter has been informed, knows or suspectsthat they are intended in their entirety or in part to be used inconnection with the development, production, handling, operation,maintenance, storage, detection, identification of chemical or nucleardevices.2.  Customs Free Zones - The licence does not authorise exports toany destination within a customs free area.
  5. 5. 4. Restrictions and conditions which apply to OGls3.  Documentation - The licence requires the official andcommercial export documentation accompanying items toinclude a note stating that "the goods are being exportedunder Open General Export Licence .... or giving the referencenumber of the licence from SPIRE", and shall be presented toan Officer of HM Revenue and Customs if requested..
  6. 6. 1. Any OGL covering Dual-Use items listed in Annex I of the Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009.2. OGLs covering military goods listed in Part I of Schedule 1 to theExport of Goods, Transfer of Technology and Provision of TechnicalAssistance (Control) Order are only valid for exports from the UK.3. OGLs which control the activities covered by UK trade controls4. OGLS which control the transhipment of goods through the UK.
  7. 7.  For export entry processing purposes Box 44 of theSingle Administrative Document (SAD) (C88) should becompleted with the relevant details including   1. Document code 2. Status code 3. Reference of the relevant licence
  8. 8.  ---> All OGLs remain in force until they are revoked8. How the Government monitors compliance withthe conditions of OGLsand the CGEA Where an exporter has registered to use the OGL, the ECOsCompliance Unit will monitor the exporters compliance with theconditions of the licence by visiting the exporters premises fromtime to time to audit their records. The Unit also ensures thatexporters are aware of their responsibilities with regard toexport control and helps exporters set up and maintainprocedures which are necessary to avoid breaches of exportcontrol regulations.
  9. 9.  Any licence issued by the Secretary of State may beamended at any time. Notices to Exporters detailingchanges to Open General Licences are published on theDepartment for Business website (on the export controlpages) at and viaECOs Notices to Exporters email.
  10. 10.  All current Open General Licences can bedownloaded from the export control pages of theBusinesslink website at