Guidance

Military Goods Open General Export Licences

Find out which Open General Export Licence you need for specific controlled military goods.

Overview

Open General Export Licences (OGELs) are pre-published export licences issued by the Export Control Organisation (ECO). They are the most flexible type of strategic export licence, as long as all pre-set conditions can be met. They allow the export of specified controlled items (identified by a ‘control list entry’ heading) to specific destinations.

For more background, read the overview guide on Open General Licences.

ECO issues a wide range of OGELs, including for military goods.

If you can meet all OGEL licensing conditions, you do not need to apply for a Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL). If however you cannot and the goods are still controlled then you will need to apply for a SIEL.

All OGEL holders are subject to regular compliance audits conducted by ECO.

Your responsibilities in using an OGEL

Before using any OGEL for your export purposes, you should first check that you can meet all its defined terms and conditions. To do so, you can use the ECO’s OGEL and Goods Checker tools. You should also know the control list classification or ‘rating’ of your product. If you are unsure what this is, you should consult the UK Strategic Export Control Lists. For more information, see guidance about Do I need an export licence?.

It is also your responsibility as the exporter to:

  • register to use OGELs on ECO’s export licensing database, SPIRE
  • use OGELs within all pre-defined terms and conditions
  • keep up-to-date with any OGEL amendments - eg changes to permitted or excluded destinations or goods
  • be prepared for compliance audits

To keep informed of amendments to OGELs, please subscribe to the ECO’s Notices to Exporters.

OGEL (Access Overseas to Software and Technology for Military Goods: Individual Use Only)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, people who would normally be based in the UK, but who are temporarily based abroad, and authorised by their employer, to access their business’ technology and information technology systems in the UK, via laptops if appropriate, in connection with their business’ operations.

Download the current OGEL (Access Overseas to Software and Technology for Military Goods: Individual Use Only).

OGEL (Certified Companies)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export or transfer of items specified in Schedule 1 of the licence to those companies referred to in Schedule 2 (see below).

This licence has been published to comply with the UK’s obligations under the European Union Directive 2009/43/EC of 6 May 2009 (known as the Intra-Community Transfer or ‘ICT’ Directive). For a brief overview see our guide about Directive 2009/43/EC (Intra-Community Transfer Directive of defence goods).

You are also recommended to read Notice to Exporters 2012/37. This notice provides background, including some questions and answers about the UK implementation of the Directive.

Download the current OGEL (Certified companies).

List of certified companies referred to in Schedule 2

You can download a list of certified companies that you should consult before first registering to use this licence via SPIRE, the ECO’s export licensing database.

The European Commission database known as CERTIDER contains more information about the certification of defence-related companies across the Union. Download guidance on consulting the CERTIDER database.

OGEL (A400M collaborative programme)

This licence permits the export or transfer of the majority of goods, software and technology for the production and maintenance of the A400M aircraft, for the end-use of the listed partner nations and agreed export customers.

Download the current OGEL (A400M collaborative programme)

You will need to state the exact name of the licence or the SPIRE reference on any supporting documentation given to HMRC.

OGEL (Export After Exhibition or Demonstration: Military Goods)

This Open General Export Licence (OGEL) allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of military goods to certain destinations if they have been temporarily imported into the UK for exhibition or demonstration purposes only.

Download the current OGEL (Export After Exhibition or Demonstration: Military Goods).

OGEL (Export for Exhibition: Military Goods)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of military goods for exhibition to certain destinations, where the goods will be returned to the UK.

Download the current OGEL (Export for Exhibition: Military Goods)

OGEL (Export After Repair/replacement under warranty: Military Goods)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of military goods which have been imported into the UK for repair or replacement under warranty.

These goods need to be re-exported or returned to one of the following:

  • the government of the country which sent the goods to the UK
  • the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Maintenance and Supply Agency
  • any other person who the goods were exported to - however, this replacement, or these repairs, will have to take place within 5 years of the date they were originally exported

Download the current OGEL (Export After Repair/replacement under warranty: Military Goods).

MOD Form 680

If the goods are classified, you are likely to require Form 680 clearance if you are planning to use this OGEL.

OGEL (Export for repair/replacement under warranty: Military Goods)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of military goods which had been previously imported into the UK to be subsequently returned or exported to the original country for repair/replacement under warranty, provided they are to be returned to the UK after the repair/replacement. The goods can also be exported if they are being returned as unwanted goods.

Download the current OGEL (Export for repair/replacement under warranty: Military Goods).

If the goods are classified, you are likely to require Form 680 clearance clearance if you are planning to use this OGEL.

OGEL (exports in support of joint strike fighter: F-35 Lightning II)

Allows the export or transfer of goods, software or technology for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightning II) (JSF) programme.

Download the current OGEL (exports in support of joint strike fighter: F-35 Lightning II).

OGEL (Exports or transfers in Support of UK Government Defence Contracts)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of military goods, provision of technical assistance, and transfer of software and technology to a range of destinations if the export or transfer is in support of UK government defence contracts.

Download the current OGEL (Exports or transfers in Support of UK Government Defence Contracts).

OGEL (Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export or transfer of military goods or technology under the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty from the UK to the US.

This permission is with the limitation that the licence is only used by members of the ‘Approved Community’ and provided that the ultimate end-user of the goods or technology is the US or UK government.

What is the ‘Approved Community’ and how do I get onto the list?

Organisations that comprise the UK ‘Approved Community’ are defined by Article 4(1) of the treaty. Download a copy of the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty on the US Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls website.

To qualify for membership of the ‘Approved Community’, private companies must satisfy the UK and US due diligence approval process and meet specific security requirements. This includes adhering to the relevant provisions of the UK government’s Security Policy Framework (SPF). The process for applying for ‘Approved Community’ status is described on the MOD website in Industrial Secruity Notice 2012-01. Download Industrial Security Notices.

This guidance is issued in the context of the SPF published by the Cabinet Office. The Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty provisions in the SPF can only be accessed by non-Governmental entities in the DTCT (US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty) ‘Approved Community’ via the MOD Defence Equipment and Support Infrastructure Security website after formal registration, which is a mandated condition of ‘Approved Community’ membership. Details on how to access the website provisions will be provided during the registration process.

You should also refer to the guidance for UK ‘Approved Community’ companies issued by the MOD. This document concerns the procedures in 4 different scenarios when a UK ‘Approved Community’ facility wishes to either:

  • re-transfer items to a ‘Non-Approved Community’  entity in the UK
  • re-export items to a ‘Non-Approved Community’ entity overseas for return to a UK ‘Approved Community’ entity
  • re-export to a ‘Non-Approved Community’ entity overseas for its end-use
  • re-export by an MOD entity to a ‘Non-Approved Community’ entity overseas for its end-use

MOD Form 680 Approval

The guidance document above also outlines what steps ‘Approved Community’ companies need to take to obtain approval from the MOD using the MOD Form 680 procedure. Form 680 approval is a pre-requisite before applying for the OGEL (Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty).

To apply for MOD Form 680 approval to re-transfer or re-export to a ‘non-approved community’ member you need to complete an Form 680 offline application form. This document can be found on the homepage of the Export Control Organisation’s SPIRE export licensing database under the section ‘Help and Guidance - MOD Form 680’.

Download the MOD F680 offline application published on the SPIRE website. 

Email completed forms to: ACP-ELC@mod.uk.

If you are unsure about the purpose of a Form 680, you can refer to general guidance on this site about MOD Form 680 applications

Download the current OGEL (Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty)

OGEL (Historic Military Goods)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of historic military goods from the UK or any other European Union member state where the exporter is established in the UK, providing the goods are worth less than £35,000 and were manufactured before 1897.

This OGEL also covers reproductions of muzzle-loaded weapons based on originals manufactured before 1897.

Download the current OGEL (Historic Military Goods).

OGEL (Historic Military Vehicles and Artillery Pieces)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, vintage military vehicles (falling within entry ML6) manufactured 50 years or more before the export date, to be exported to European Union countries for not more than 3 months.

Download the current OGEL (Historic Military Vehicles and Artillery Pieces).

OGEL (International Non-proliferation Regime Decontrols: Military Items)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of specified military items.

OGEL (International Non-Proliferation Regime Decontrols: Military Items) has been created to reflect Wassenaar updates agreed in 2012.

Download the current OGEL (International Non-proliferation Regime Decontrols: Military Items).

OGEL (Military Components)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of military components intended for use as an integral part of the original equipment previously supplied under licence.

Download the current OGEL (Military Components).

OGEL (Military Goods, Software and Technology)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of a wide range of military equipment to any person or entity in the listed destinations.

If you do not meet the conditions of this licence, you may be able to consider using the government or NATO End-Use OGEL. This allows, subject to certain conditions, military goods to be exported to the governments of, or NATO headquarters in, specified countries.

Download the current OGEL (Military Goods, Software and Technology).

Template End-User Undertaking

If you are a holder of this licence you must be able to demonstrate ‘permitted use’ at ECO Compliance Audits. The most effective way to do this is by means of an undertaking. You can download an example end-user undertaking template for the Military Goods OGEL.

Your consignee or end-user needs to confirm the use the goods or technology will be put to and confirm they will not be re-exported, re-transferred or used for a WMD purpose. The undertaking gives some example statements, one of which will usually be sufficient in addition to the appropriate statement on WMD use.

MOD F680

If the goods are classified, you are likely to require Form 680 clearance clearance if you are planning to use this OGEL.

OGEL (Military Goods: Collaborative Project Typhoon)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain restrictions and conditions, the export of listed military goods, software and technology for the production, development or maintenance of Typhoon aircraft and to listed destinations. Project Typhoon is a collaborative programme between the government’s of Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK for the development, production and sale of a European fighter aircraft (otherwise known as Eurofighter).

For more information about this OGEL, you can download the associated frequently asked questions in Notice to Exporters 2010/23 from the National Archives.  

Download the current OGEL (Military Goods: Collaborative Project Typhoon) 

OGEL (Military Goods: For Demonstration)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of some military goods for demonstration.

Download the current OGEL (Military Goods: For Demonstration)

OGEL (PCBs and components for military goods)

Licence allowing the export or transfer of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and components for military goods.

Download the current OGEL

OGEL (Military Goods, Software and Technology: Government or NATO End-Use)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, military goods to be exported to the governments of, or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) headquarters in, specified countries.

If you do not meet the conditions of this licence, you may be able to consider using the OGEL (Military Goods, Software and Technology). This allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of a wide range of military equipment to any person or entity in the listed destinations.

Download the current OGEL (Military Goods, Software and Technology: Government or NATO End-Use).

MOD Form 680

If the goods are classified, you are likely to require Form 680 clearance clearance if you are planning to use this OGEL.

OGEL (Military Surplus Vehicles)

This Open General Export Licence (OGEL) allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of surplus military vehicles previously owned by the Ministry of Defence.

Written confirmation of previous ownership may be obtained from:

Ministry of Defence - Disposal Services Authority
Building 9 - “H” Site
DSDA Bicester
Ploughley Road
Lower Arncott
Bicester
Oxon, OX25 2LD

Alternatively, you can call the Ministry of Defence Disposal Services Authority Helpline on 01869 258625 or email them at query@edisposals.com.

Download the current OGEL (Military Surplus Vehicles).

OGEL (Objects of Cultural Interest)

This is an OGEL published by the Arts Council, which is the national development agency for the arts in England. The Arts Council is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Arts Council have responsible for export licensing of cultural goods since 1 October 2011. The sole interest for ECO in this OGEL is that it deals with certain firearms, arms and armour.

Download guidance on export controls on cultural goods for exporters from the Arts Council website.

You can also find guidance and details of applying for the OGEL (Objects of Cultural Interest) on the Arts Council website.

Current Open General Licence

Download the current OGEL (Objects of Cultural Interest) from the Arts Council website.

Further details

Export Licensing Unit
Arts Council England
14 Great Peter Street
London SW1P 3NQ

You can call the Export Licensing Unit on either 020 7973 5188 / 5228/5139 / 5194/5241 or email them at elu@artscouncil.org.uk.

OGEL (Software and Source Code for Military Goods)

This OGEL covers the transfer of a wide range of military software (including source codes), subject to certain conditions and restrictions, where it is either in support of goods or software supplied within the last 2 years, or is being supplied for a limited period for the purpose of evaluation.

Download the current OGEL (Software and Source Code for Military Goods).

OGEL (Technology for Military Goods)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export of technology for military goods, ie the information needed for the development and production of goods such as blueprints, plans, diagrams, models, formulae, tables, designs, specifications, manuals and instructions.

Download the current OGEL (Technology for Military Goods).

MOD Form 680

If the goods are classified, you are likely to require Form 680 clearance clearance if you are planning to use this OGEL.

OGEL (Vintage Aircraft)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, vintage aircraft manufactured 50 years or more before the export date, to be exported to European Union countries for not more than 3 months.

Download the current OGEL (Vintage Aircraft)

OGEL (Exports of non-lethal military and Dual-Use Goods: To UK Diplomatic Missions or Consular Posts)

This OGEL covers the export of a limited range of non-lethal military and Dual-Use Goods, subject to certain conditions and restrictions, to any UK diplomatic mission or consular post overseas where it is intended for the exclusive use of UK government personnel.

Download the current OGEL (Exports of non-lethal military and Dual-Use Goods: To UK Diplomatic Missions or Consular Posts)

OGEL (Military and Dual-Use Goods: UK Forces deployed in embargoed destinations)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export or transfer of most military and certain Dual-Use goods, including software and technology, the provision of technical assistance, to UK armed forces or Ministry of Defence civilians operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

You can read more about these destinations in the guides: arms embargo on the Democratic Republic of Congo, arms embargo on Iraq, arms embargo on Liberia and arms embargo on Sierra Leone.

Download the current OGEL (Military and Dual-Use Goods: UK Forces deployed in embargoed destinations).

OGEL (Military and Dual-Use Goods: UK Forces deployed in non-embargoed destinations)

This OGEL allows, subject to certain conditions, the export or transfer of most military and certain Dual-Use Goods, including software and technology and the provision of technical assistance, to UK armed forces or Ministry of Defence civilians operating in countries not subject to embargoes.

Download the current OGEL (Military and Dual-Use Goods: UK Forces deployed in non-embargoed destinations).

Further information

BIS ECO Helpline

020 7215 4594 or email eco.help@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Published 10 September 2012
Last updated 25 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added link to new OGEL (PCBs and components for military goods).
  2. Updated information on the CERTIDER database.
  3. Added A400M OGEL
  4. Added detail and link to new Open General Export Licence (Joint Strike Fighter).
  5. Fixing references to specialist guides
  6. Changed reference to MOD Export Policy Helpline
  7. First published.