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HMRC internal manual

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

Control of Licensable Goods: General

Anti-smuggling Controls

Our aim is to enforce the export licensing controls with the minimum of disruption to legitimate trade and apply any controls selectively according to assessed risks through the use of intelligence based anti-smuggling checks on passengers and freight (including postal exports) at the frontier.

For intra-EC movements, only anti-smuggling checks can be applied at the internal frontier. These should either be based on specific intelligence or identified risk. For exports to third countries, including those via another Member State, regulatory controls for verification of export declarations and licences may also be applied.


Where you suspect that an attempt is being made to export controlled goods without a licence, refer to the guidance in SGSAROA.