Export licensing policy for Argentina

Argentina is subject to transit control for military goods and restrictions for controlled goods and technology.


On 27 June 2018, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs announced a revised policy on exports to, and trade (trafficking and brokering) in, controlled goods and technology for end-use by the Argentine military.

Read the written ministerial statement.

Our general position is that we will continue to refuse licences for export and trade of goods judged to enhance Argentine military capability.

However, where like-for-like equipment is no longer available, we may grant licences where we judge they are not detrimental to the UK’s defence and security interests.

Licence applications for controlled equipment and defence technology which meet the above criteria will still be assessed on a case by case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

Transit control

Argentina is subject to transit control for military and certain other goods.

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 Argentina, 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 Argentina. 

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

Contact ECJU


Export Control Joint Unit
Department for International Trade
Old Admiralty Building
Admiralty Place


Telephone 020 7215 4594

Contact for general queries about strategic export licensing.

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 7 August 2019