Crown exemption for controlled military list equipment and technology owned by the UK MOD
Exemptions from Export and Trade Control licence for controlled military goods owned by the Crown.
This guidance provides a brief overview about Crown exemption in respect of the transfers of export controlled military list goods or technology owned by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). It applies to exporters engaged by the MOD, including UK armed forces, to export on their behalf military list goods or technology. Other government departments have their own arrangements for Crown exemption.
Crown exemption does not apply to the transfer from the United Kingdon of any goods or technology controlled under the EU dual use regulation.
The UK Crown is not bound by the provisions of the Export Control Act 2002 for goods specified by schedule 2 of the Export Control Order 2008 (ie the UK military list which forms part of the UK Strategic Export Control Lists).
Official letter granting crown exemption
Where the Crown owns the controlled military goods, technology or software being exported, or has similar rights over disposal, then an exporter may carry out the export without a licence. This crown exemption for MOD UK/UK armed forces owned goods or technology is subject to the issuing of an approval letter by Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy (ACP) in the MOD.
Contact details of ACP:
Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy
2nd Floor, Zone D
Ministry of Defence
London, SW1A 2HB
Telephone: 020 7218 9080 Email: email@example.com
When crown exemption does not apply
Crown exemption does not apply if the goods are owned privately. In this case an export or trade control licence will be required if the goods or technology are subject to control by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Export Control Organisation.
Goods are generally controlled either because they are listed on the UK Strategic Export Control Lists or as a result of end use controls. For more information see the guide on strategic exports: when to request an export licence.
- MOD ACP Export Licensing Casework helpline: telephone 020 7218 9080
- BIS ECO Helpline: telephone 020 7215 4594
Published: 10 September 2012
Updated: 18 April 2013
- Updated contact details for ACP to include an email address.
- Changed content from Crown Immunity to Crown exemptions
- Removed information on Open General Export Licences
- Amended broken links and added related guides
- First published.
Related guides: UK Strategic Export Control Lists Assessment of export licence applications: criteria and policy Military Goods Open General Export Licences Do I need an export licence? Compliance and enforcement of export controls