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

Issuing and presentation of licences: Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs)

SIELs authorise a named exporter to export a specific quantity of a particular commodity to a specified overseas consignee. Licences of this type issued for large quantities are called ‘bulk’ licences.

SIELs can be used for multiple shipments. Section SGSELSG6010 details our procedure for authenticating licences. (Many BIS SIELs also authorise unspecified quantities of technology to be exported. In these cases, the SIEL is treated in the same way as an OIEL (see below) in relation to this technology, which may be exported in either tangible (e.g. manuals, floppy discs) or intangible (e.g. fax or email) form.) Licences issued by the authorities in other Member States may be used to export dual-use goods from the UK. The licence identifier followed by the licence number must be shown in Box 44 of the SAD.