Following the Prime Minister’s statement urging people across the UK to work from home where possible, limit use of public transport and avoid unnecessary social gatherings to stem the spread ofcoronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure you that your licence applications will still be processed.
Please note – there are no export licence compliance issues with your staff accessing UK export control regulated data from their home location using company-provided laptops.
The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) is taking measures to ensure there will be minimum disruption to the export licence application process, as well as the advice we provide during this period.
Ensuring export licensing operations will continue
Processing applications for strategic export licences has been identified as a business-critical operation for the Department for International Trade. We recognise that it is essential that businesses continue to receive the authorisations required to export items of a military and dual use nature.
We have put in place business continuity measures to ensure that licensing continues. This includes technical assessments, end-use checks and reviewing applications against our strict licensing criteria.
You will still receive communication from us viaSPIRE, including requests for any further information on individual cases. You will also receive licence decisions via SPIRE in the normal way.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) team inECJUwill also continue to processMOD Form 680s,crown exemptionsand open general export licence (OGEL) authorisation letters during this period.
The compliance / inspection programme will continue, although site audits will no longer take place. We have now moved to remote audits as a means to meet legislative requirements. Those sites due to be inspected soon have already been engaged so that your inspector is able to determine an effective communication route. Your inspector or one of the support team will be in touch to discuss how best a remote audit can be undertaken.
Please ensure you are able to access your records, including supporting documentation, for exports made under the licence(s) you hold.