Export licences and special rules
You may need a licence or to follow special rules to export restricted goods or to sell certain services abroad.
Check the import rules of the country you’re exporting to. Talk to your importer or get help researching your export market.
Animals, plants and agricultural products
- livestock and poultry
- horses and ponies
- fish and shellfish
- other live animals
- food and agricultural products
- animal feed and pet food
- products made from endangered animals
- bones, protein and other animal by-products
- semen, ova and embryos
- plants, seeds, bulbs and wood
Medical devices and agricultural machinery
Chemicals, drugs and waste
Diamonds and arts
Goods that could be used for torture or capital punishment
Firearms and ammunition
Military goods, services and technology
You must get a licence to:
- export military goods, or sell military services or technology outside the UK
- arrange the sale of military goods, services or technology outside the UK
- arrange the transfer of military goods, services or technology between 2 countries outside the UK
- provide classified military information to someone based outside the UK
Goods and services used for both civilian and military purposes (‘dual use’)
You may need a licence for some civilian goods, technologies and information if they could also have a military use. These things are called ‘dual use’.
Check if you need a licence if you:
- export high-tech products like specialist computers, radios and other communications equipment
- develop software that could be used for information security systems (for example, cryptographic technology)
- share information, knowledge or skills that could be used to make weapons
There are different types of sanctions for finance, trade and immigration. Check if your goods or services are controlled under UK sanctions when exporting.
You may not be allowed to export to someone on the financial sanctions list.