Guidance

Importing ‘relevant’ nuclear materials from the EU from 1 January 2021: licensing requirements

What businesses will need to do to import ‘relevant’ nuclear materials from the EU from 1 January 2021.

The UK has left the EU

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It'll be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

Overview

Businesses will need to apply for an import licence to import relevant nuclear materials from the EU.

You can apply now. You should allow 2 months for your application to be processed.

When you need a licence

You will need a licence to import the following nuclear materials:

  • uranium ore concentrates
  • plutonium, uranium 233, uranium enriched in the isotopes 233 or 235, natural uranium and mixtures, compounds and alloys containing any of the above, including spent or irradiated nuclear reactor fuel elements (cartridges)

How to apply for a licence

You can apply for a licence from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

You should allow 2 months for your application to be processed.

More information

Check the guidance on import licensing from the ONR.

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Published 31 January 2019

Transition period

Find out what it means for you