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A full listing of all open general export licences (OGELs) which are issued by the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU), part of the Department for International Trade.
OGELs are pre-published licences which you need to register for via the ECJU’s export licensing database, SPIRE. Holders of OGELs must meet all specified terms and conditions and are subject to compliance audits conducted by ECJU. To check all OGEL conditions you are recommended to use the ECJU’s Checker Tools database. If you cannot meet all the listed conditions you will need to apply for other licence types such as a Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) or Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL) via SPIRE.
Amendments to OGELs
You should be aware that there are periodic updates to licences. Notifications of any amendments are published via the ECJU’s Notices to Exporters email alert service.
Export licences are amended from time to time. The main reasons why licences are amended are:
the goods and countries to which goods can be exported under these licences change.
or due to new embargoes being imposed or sanctions being lifted
Revoked versions of each licence are published on GOV.UK for reference. You can access the revoked licences page from the publication page of each current open general export licence.
Dual-use open general export licences
Dual use items are goods and technology with both military and civilian applications.
European Union General Export Authorisations (EU GEAs) are the EU equivalent of an OGEL and are designed to provide licensing coverage for certain specified dual use items to specified non-EU destinations.
Addition of Open general export licence (military goods: A400M collaborative programme - from February 2020).
Added 'Open general export licence (export for repair/replacement under warranty: dual-use items)' to page.
We updated the collection because DIT has reviewed and updated a number of open general export licences (OGELs) and open general trade control licences (OGTCLs) permitting exports to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners carrying out military operations in Yemen.
Addition of 6 military goods OGELS.
Added 'Export of dual-use items to EU member states' OGEL. Also added 'Open general export licence (information security items)', which was published in April 2018.
Added new military OGEL (TF-X).
Updated text to reflect the fact that Export Control Organisation is now part of the Department for International Trade.
Added 2 new OGELs (PCBs and components for military goods; PCBs and components for dual-use goods).
Removed OGEL (international non-proliferation regime decontrols: military items) from this collection as it has been permanently revoked.