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HMRC internal manual

Strategic Goods and Services - BIS Export Licensing and Sanctions - General

Control of Licensable Goods: General: Control Objectives

  • To ensure that there is a legally enforceable regulatory system for licensable exports which complies with relevant UK and EU laws, BIS requirements and Departmental policies and procedures.
  • To prevent the illicit export of goods to a sensitive or embargoed destination while not interfering unnecessarily with the legitimate flow of trade.
  • To ensure that controlled goods not accompanied by an accurate and valid licence or authority are detained and where appropriate seized.
  • To ensure that breaches or attempted breaches of export restrictions are dealt with according to prevailing Strategic Exports and Sanctions Team policy on seizure, restoration, compounding and criminal prosecution.
  • To ensure that management information is accurate, timely and meets the needs of the system owners.
  • To ensure that Departmental resources are used economically, efficiently and effectively in accordance with identified priorities.
  • To ensure that adequate intelligence is available to staff for targeting control.
  • To ensure that licences are kept secure while in the Department’s possession.


As with any control regime there are risk areas in relation to export licensing. These are outlined in SGSAROA