Notice to exporters 2020/04: changes to inspection procedures

Published 6 February 2020

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has amended its inspection process regarding the use of open licences and electronic standard individual export licences (SIELs) with immediate effect.

Businesses will now be informed of the exact date when an inspection of their records will take place. Please note that this means we are no longer able to offer alternative dates. We will still try to give businesses between 4 and 6 weeks’ notice of the inspection date.

This change has become necessary because of the problems we have experienced trying to arrange on-site inspections at businesses. These issues have caused an unacceptable reduction in the total number of inspections we have been able to carry out.

This change does not diminish the ECJU’s authority, as given under Article 31 (2) of the Export Control Order 2008 (as amended), to enter premises, at any reasonable hour, to inspect records. ECJU will continue to exercise this authority as necessary.

Failure to permit an inspection to take place would be a breach of the order and HM Revenue & Customs will be informed of any acts of non-compliance in this regard.

Contact ECJU

General queries about strategic export licensing

Export Control Joint Unit
Department for Business and Trade
Old Admiralty Building
Admiralty Place


Telephone 020 7215 4594

More information on export controls is available on the ECJU pages of the GOV.UK website, also the SPIRE export licensing database.

This notice is for information only and has no force in law. If the information here applies to your business, we recommend you take appropriate action, including seeking legal advice if necessary.

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