About us

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) administers the UK’s system of export controls and licensing for military and dual-use items.

‘Dual-use goods’ refers to items that can be used for both civil and military purposes

ECJU brings together operational and policy expertise from the Department for International Trade (DIT), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

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DIT has overall responsibility for the statutory and regulatory framework of export controls, and for decisions to grant or refuse an export licence. FCO and MOD are DIT’s principal advisers, along with the Department for International Development (DFID), advising on the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, which are used to assess licence applications.

We aim to deliver an efficient, rigorous and customer friendly export licensing and compliance service.

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