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

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Particular Goods: Technology on Tangible Media

All licences for military goods automatically authorise the exportation or transfer of the minimum technology required for the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of the goods to the same destination as the goods. (An everyday parallel would be the type of manual that is supplied when you purchase a television or washing machine. Typically, it will provide operating instructions, some basic specifications (e.g. operating voltage, operating temperature range etc) and some simple fault-finding guidance. ) This may be exported with the goods or separately.

When technology is exported exporters will need to be able to satisfy you that it does indeed qualify as minimum technology and has licence cover, either from an extant SIEL or one that is exhausted in terms of quantities of equipment.

Exporters may attach a covering letter to the goods, stating that they consider them to qualify as minimum technology, either cross-referring to the SIEL which provided the licence coverage or attaching a photocopy of a paper SIEL.

If you have any reason to doubt the validity of this statement you may view the licence on SPIRE, call for the original SIEL (if a paper copy) or make enquiries with BIS. Otherwise, allow the export to proceed.