Trade sanctions on Sudan

Sudan is subject to an arms embargo and transit control.

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

There are number of restrictive measures imposed against Sudan. The measures include those imposed by UN Security Council Resolutions 1556 (2004), 1591 (2005), and 1945 (2010) as well as those by the European Union. The measures are included in Council Decision 2014/450/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 747/2014.

Arms embargo

It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer military goods and technology to Sudan. 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.


Exceptions and licences may be available regarding the above measures. These are set out in Council Decision 2014/450/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 747/2014.

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 Sudan, 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 Sudan.

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


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 13 August 2012
Last updated 19 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Information on UK legislation updated.

  2. Included links to financial sanctions content on GOV.UK

  3. First published.