Guidance

Trade sanctions on Venezuela

Venezuela is subject to an arms embargo and other restrictions.

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There are a number of restrictive measures imposed against Venezuela. The measures are set out in EU Council Decision 2017/2074/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2063.

Arms embargo

It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer military goods and technology to Venezuela. You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing technical assistance, financing and financial assistance, and brokering services.

Equipment which might be used for internal repression

It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer goods and technology which might be used for internal repression to Venezuela. You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing related technical assistance, financing and financial assistance, and brokering services.

Equipment which might be used for monitoring and interception

It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer goods and technology intended primarily for use in the monitoring or interception of the internet and of telephone communications to Venezuela, or to other destinations where they are ultimately for use in Venezuela. The goods and technologies affected are listed in Annex II to Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2063. You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing related technical assistance, financing and financial assistance, and brokering services. It is also prohibited to provide telecommunication or internet monitoring services to or for the benefit of Venezuela’s government.

Exceptions

Exceptions and licences may be available regarding the above measures. These are set out in Council Decision 2017/2074/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2063.

Transit control

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 Venezuela, 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 Venezuela.

Financial sanctions

For information on any relevant financial sanctions, contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation.

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

ECJU contact details

Helpline

Contact the helpline for general queries about strategic export licensing.

Export Control Joint Unit
2nd floor 
3 Whitehall Place
London
SW1A 2AW

Email: exportcontrol.help@trade.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 7215 4594

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