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

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Control of Licensable Goods: Entry Requirements

Pre Entry

In general, except in the case of intra-EC trade, goods being exported under BIS export licences must be pre-entered. This applies to goods under specific licences, OIELs, OGELs, CGEAs and those covered by legal exceptions. Pre-entry is not required for goods being exported by those local clearance schedulers who have been approved to export licensable goods.

Pre-Shipment Declarations

Licensable goods requiring pre-entry must be entered on CHIEF NES (New Export System) or exceptionally using a paper C88 (SAD) form except for:

  • temporary exportation of aircraft and helicopters which are to be entered on Form C42;
  • goods being temporarily exported against ATA carnets, which are regarded as being sufficient for entry purposes;
  • controlled technology carried on temporarily exported media such as laptops carried by engineers and others as tools of the trade.

The export licensing regime applies to goods being exported against carnets. Specific export licences are still required as appropriate.

Notation of pre-shipment declarations

The exporter or his agent must always enter the licence number in Box 44.

Local Clearance Procedure (LCP)

Local Clearance Procedure allows eligible traders (exporters and freight forwarders) to be authorised and their premises approved to export goods that are subject to export licensing.