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

Licence for the export of military goods and transfers if the export is in support of UK government defence contracts.



This open general export licence (OGEL) allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of military goods, provision of technical assistance, and transfer of software and technology to a range of destinations if the export or transfer is in support of UK government defence contracts.

All previous licences are revoked.

This licence is no longer available for registration on SPIRE, the export licensing system. It remains available for use by those who registered before 20 June 2019.

See the revised OGEL (exports or transfers in support of UK government defence contracts).

This licence is subject to reporting requirements under the transparency initiative.

Published 26 March 2010
Last updated 14 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Clarity on who can use this licence.

  2. Republished to clarify that an approved F1686 can be considered a written letter of approval from MOD.

  3. Licence updated and amended to reflect new contact details for the Export Control Joint Unit.

  4. Venezuela added to the list of non-valid destinations following EU sanctions against that country imposed on 13 November 2017.

  5. Changes to rating code PL5001 listed under Schedule 1 (goods concerned). Pre-visit questionnaire clause added.

  6. Licence republished following clarification of MOD security requirements and adding ‘Ascension Island’ to the list of countries listed under Schedules 2 and 3.

  7. Licence amended to reflect the new Government Security Classification System.

  8. Updated guidance to reflect new reporting process in connection with the transparency initiative.

  9. Updated address for confirmation of eligible status (explanatory note, para 3).

  10. Amended 29 September 2013 to take account of EU Firearms Regulation 258/2012.

  11. First published.