Guidance

Trade sanctions on Somalia

Somalia is subject to an arms embargo and transit control.

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.

Arms embargo

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.

Charcoal

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.

Exceptions

Exceptions and licences may be available regarding the above measures. These are set out in EU Council Decision 2010/231/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 147/2003.

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 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.

Import restrictions

Contact the Import Licensing Branch for guidance on import licensing.

Financial sanctions

For information on any relevant financial sanctions, contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation.

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

ECJU contact details

Helpline

Contact the helpline for general queries about strategic export licensing.

Export Control Joint Unit
2nd floor 
3 Whitehall Place
London
SW1A 2AW

Email: exportcontrol.help@trade.gov.uk

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 15 October 2012
Last updated 4 June 2013 + show all updates
  1. Included links to financial sanctions content on GOV.UK
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