Somalia is subject to an arms embargo and transit control.
When the UK leaves the EU
The regulations in this guidance will be affected by Brexit.
There are a number of restrictive measures imposed against Somalia. The measures are imposed by UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 733 (1992), 1356 (2001), 1425 (2002), 1725 (2006), 1844 (2008), 2093 (2013), 2111 (2013), 2142 (2014), and 2244 (2015), and implemented by the European Union. They are included in the EU Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 147/2003.
It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer military goods and technology to Somalia, or to other destinations where they are ultimately for use in Somalia. You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing technical assistance, financing and financial assistance, and brokering services related to these items or to military activities.
It is prohibited to import, purchase or transport charcoal from Somalia, whether or not it originates in Somalia. You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing related financing and financial assistance.
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 Somalia, 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 Somalia.
Contact the Import Licensing Branch for guidance on import licensing.
For information on any relevant financial sanctions, contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation.
ECJU contact details
Contact the helpline for general queries about strategic export licensing.
Export Control Joint Unit
3 Whitehall Place
Telephone: 020 7215 4594
Notices to exporters
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