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Open general export licences (OGELs)

This collection brings together all documents relating to open general export licences (OGELs).

A full listing of all Open General Export Licences (OGELs) which are issued by the Export Control Organisation (ECO), part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

OGELs are pre-published licences which you need to register for via the ECO’s export licensing database, SPIRE. Holders of OGELs must meet all specified terms and conditions and are subject to compliance audits conducted by ECO. To check all OGEL conditions you are recommended to use the ECO’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 ECO’s Notices to Exporters email alert service. If you are registered to hold an OGEL, you are recommended to sign up to receive the ECO’s notices to be alerted of any future licensing updates in order to remain compliant.

Revoked OGELs

You should be aware that from time to time export licences are amended. The main reasons why licences are amended are because either:

  • 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

Dual Use Open General Export Licences

Dual use items are goods and technology with both military and civilian applications.

  1. Open general export licence (chemicals)

    • Guidance
  2. Open general export licence (cryptographic development)

    • Guidance
  3. Open general export licence (export after exhibition: dual-use items)

    • Guidance
  4. Open general export licence (export after repair/replacement under warranty: dual-use items)

    • Guidance
  5. Open general export licence (export for repair/replacement under warranty: dual-use items)

    • Guidance
  6. Open general export licence (dual-use items: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)

    • Guidance
  7. Open general export licence (international non-proliferation regime decontrols: dual-use items)

    • Guidance
  8. Open general export licence (low value shipments)

    • Guidance
  9. Open general export licence (oil and gas exploration: dual-use items)

    • Guidance
  10. Open general export licence (technology for dual-use items)

    • Guidance
  11. Open general export licence (Turkey)

    • Guidance
  12. Open general export licence (X)

    • Guidance
  13. Open general export licence (military and dual-use goods: UK forces deployed in embargoed destinations)

    • Guidance
  14. Open general export licence (military and dual-use goods: UK forces deployed in non-embargoed destinations)

    • Guidance
  15. Open general export licence (exports of non-lethal military and dual-use goods: to UK diplomatic missions or consular posts)

    • Guidance
  16. Open general export licence (PCBs and components for dual-use items)

    • Guidance

Military Goods Open General Export Licences

Permit for the export of less-restricted controlled military goods.

  1. Open general export licence (access overseas to software and technology for military goods: individual use only)

    • Guidance
  2. Open general export licence (certified companies)

    • Guidance
  3. Open general export licence (export after exhibition or demonstration: military goods)

    • Guidance
  4. Open general export licence (export for exhibition: military goods)

    • Guidance
  5. Open general export licence (export after repair/replacement under warranty: military goods)

    • Guidance
  6. Open general export licence (export for repair/replacement under warranty: military goods)

    • Guidance
  7. Open general export licence (exports or transfers in support of UK government defence contracts)

    • Guidance
  8. Open general export licence: exports under the US-UK defence trade co-operation treaty

    • Guidance
  9. Open general export licence (historic military goods)

    • Guidance
  10. Open general export licence (historic military vehicles and artillery pieces)

    • Guidance
  11. Open general export licence (military components)

    • Guidance
  12. Open general export licence (military goods, software and technology)

    • Guidance
  13. Open general export licence (military goods: collaborative project typhoon)

    • Guidance
  14. Open general export licence (military goods: for demonstration)

    • Guidance
  15. Open general export licence (military goods, software and technology: government or NATO end use)

    • Guidance
  16. Open general export licence (military surplus vehicles)

    • Guidance
  17. Open general export licence (software and source code for military goods)

    • Guidance
  18. Open general export licence (technology for military goods)

    • Guidance
  19. Open general export licence (vintage aircraft)

    • Guidance
  20. Open general export licence (exports of non-lethal military and dual-use goods: to UK diplomatic missions or consular posts)

    • Guidance
  21. Open general export licence (military and dual-use goods: UK forces deployed in embargoed destinations)

    • Guidance
  22. Open general export licence (military and dual-use goods: UK forces deployed in non-embargoed destinations)

    • Guidance
  23. Open general export licence (exports in support of joint strike fighter: F-35 Lightning II)

    • Guidance
  24. Open general export licence (military goods: A400M collaborative programme)

    • Guidance
  25. Open general export licence (PCBs and components for military goods)

    • Guidance

Transhipment Open General Export Licences

Transhipment licences allow controlled goods to pass through the UK on the way to other destinations.

  1. Transhipment licences

    • Detailed guide
  2. Open general transhipment licence (sporting guns)

    • Guidance
  3. Open general transhipment licence (postal packets)

    • Guidance
  4. Open general transhipment licence

    • Guidance
  5. Open general transhipment licence (dual-use goods: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)

    • Guidance

Open General Trade Control Licences

Licences which control the trafficking and brokering activity between one third country and another where the transaction or deal is brokered in the UK or by a UK person.

  1. Open General Trade Control Licences

    • Detailed guide
  2. Open general trade control licence (category C goods)

    • Guidance
  3. Open general trade control licence (trade and transportation: small arms and light weapons)

    • Guidance
  4. Open general trade control licence (insurance or re-insurance)

    • Guidance
  5. Open general trade control licence (maritime anti-piracy)

    • Guidance

Other types of Open General Export Licences

There are a number of Open General Export Licences (OGELs) that do not fall neatly into other categories.

  1. Open general export licence (government of Sierra Leone)

    • Guidance
  2. Open general licence (Iraq)

    • Guidance
  3. Open general export licence (radioactive sources)

    • Guidance

EU General Export Authorisations

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.

  1. EU General Export Authorisations

    • Detailed guide