Global Project Licence

How Global Project Licences can be used to simplify the export of military goods and technology classed as collaborative defence projects.


A Global Project Licence (GPL) can be used when licensing exports of military goods and technologies to framework agreement (FA) partner states. The 6 partner states are:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK

Each partner state is responsible for issuing its own GPLs.

Differences between GPLs and Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs)

GPLs are similar to OIELs, though GPLs are usually valid for the entire length of a particular project. Also, because of the level of co-operation between the partner states concerned, GPLs allow more sensitive military goods to be exported, including finished products.

Read more detail about Open Individual Export Licences.

GPL exports to countries outside the framework agreement

It is possible to obtain a GPL to export military goods and technologies (including finished products) to countries other than the partner states. This requires a consensus agreement between each of the partner states involved.

Such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis - based on the destination country proposed, and taking into account:

For further information, see the overview of export control legislation.

Apply for a GPL

Applications should be made through SPIRE - the electronic system for processing strategic export licence applications. For more information, see SPIRE: an overview.

When you make a licence application, you should ensure that you complete all relevant details accurately and completely. Before you make your application you might find it helpful to read the guidance on submitting export licence applications correctly.

Guidance is also available on the stages involved in making an export licence application, including information on licence processing times. See the guide on export control licensing process and how to appeal.

The ECO produces quarterly statistics on licence applications issued, refused or revoked by destination. This information gives an indication of the current timescales for issuing licences by destination. Download quarterly export licensing statistics from the Strategic Exports - Reports and Statistics website 

As with other export licence applications, a GPL is assessed against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. This is the basis on which the UK government asseses all applications for military and dual-use goods authorised by the ECO. To find out more and to download a copy of the criteria you can read the guide on assessment of export licence applications - criteria and policy.

Further information

BIS ECO Helpline
020 7215 4594

Subscribe to the Export Control Organisation’s Notices to exporters

Download quarterly export licensing statistics from the Strategic Exports - Reports and Statistics website

Download the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports (PDF, 64KB)

Published 12 September 2012