Trade sanctions on Armenia

Armenia is subject to an arms embargo and transit controls.

This guidance will continue to apply until 31 December 2020. Read more information on the transition period.

Arms embargo

In February 1992, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) requested that all participating states should introduce an embargo on ‘all deliveries of weapons and munitions to forces engaged in combat in the Nagorno-Karabakh area’. This embargo is still in force.

On 2 July 2014, the UK refined its interpretation of the arms embargo as covering all goods and items on the UK military list (which forms a part of the UK strategic export control lists) where this equipment could be used in the:

  • Nagorno-Karabakh region
  • land border between Azerbaijan and Armenia

Read the written ministerial statement.

Additionally, some goods which are not on the UK military list might also need an export licence. These are covered by the military end-use control.

Transit control

Military items transiting the UK are still regarded as being exported when they leave the country and are therefore subject to control. Article 17 of the Export Control Order 2008 includes a transit and transhipment exception meaning that in many situations a licence is not required. This exception does not apply to goods destined for Armenia, meaning that a licence is required to transit goods through the UK or to tranship them in the UK with a view to re-exportation to Armenia.

Trade controls

It is prohibited to supply or deliver military and certain other goods to any embargoed destination. It is also prohibited to engage in some related activities. You can find out more in guidance on trade controls.

Apply for an export licence through the online export licensing system managed by the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU).

ECJU contact details


Contact the helpline for general queries about strategic export licensing.

Export Control Joint Unit
2nd floor 
3 Whitehall Place


Telephone: 020 7215 4594

Notices to exporters

Notices to exporters from the ECJU contain important information about:

  • amendments to open general export licences
  • changes to the list of controlled goods
  • updates on legislation and sanctions

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Published 10 August 2012