UK Resources


Strategic export control learning path

  1. Foundation Workshop – for those with little to no knowledge of the UK’s strategic export controls who need a basic overview in applying for licences

  2. Intermediate/Practitioners course for those who have some training (such as our Foundation workshop), reviewed the Consolidated Control Lists, and need to put the whole export control process in context

  3. Targeted courses:

  • Making Better Licence Applications – for those whose role includes making basic export licence applications

  • Control List Classification course – for those whose role includes deciding the Control List Classification (CLC) of goods to be exported

  • Sector Specific courses – run annually, or every few years, covering a variety of business sectors and licensing processes

  • Licences Workshop – aimed at improving the permissions exporters obtain to export, reducing the number of licences required and compliance with open general licences

Foundation course (previously known as beginners)

Duration: half-day

Cost: £118

Pre-course knowledge: None

A general introduction to ‘strategic’ export controls for those new to the subject. Provides a foundation on the export and trade controls covering military, dual use, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and human rights goods, software and technology and how to apply for a licence.

Topics will include:

  • why have controls?

  • what’s controlled?

  • what is meant by ‘technology’ and how it may affect you

  • types of export licences

  • compliance and enforcement

After the workshop, you will be sent a short assessment module to test your learning, before you can be awarded a certificate of achievement. The assessment module, delivered by Cranfield University, will be in the form of an online quiz with multiple-choice answers.

If this course is the first step in the Learning Path, it is recommended that attendees use their new knowledge to assess how Export Controls apply at their place of work before attending further training. This course can also be used to provide general awareness of Export Controls.

Personal data will not be disclosed to third parties and will only be held for the purpose of completing the assessment module. Any information about you will be held securely by Cranfield University, in accordance with the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. Read more about the personal information charter of the Department for International Trade.

We will need to pass minimal personal details (your name, company name and email address only) to Cranfield University to complete the assessment module for the Foundation Workshop.

Intermediate course

Duration: full day

Cost: £150

Pre-course Knowledge: You should have some previous knowledge of export controls and be aware of the Consolidated list of strategic military and dual-use items that require export authorisation before attending this course.

A more detailed look at the different elements of controls, the licence assessment process and the actions you need to take to remain compliant.

The day will comprise a series of presentations and exercises:

  • control Lists that affect the UK

    • International regimes and the consolidated control list

    • What does ‘specially designed or modified for military use’ mean?

    • How to read ‘Dual Use’ text and make an assessment

  • Technology

    • export control definition of the term ‘technology’

    • how a company can determine if their technology is licensable and where the technology controls can be found

    • different means of technology transfer

    • compliance and record-keeping related to technology

  • trade – the range of trade controls, including trafficking and brokering of goods and specified activities controls

  • end-use controls – Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD catch-all) and military end-use controls

  • licence types and the licensing process

    • different types of licence

    • common pitfalls when completing a licence application

    • how decisions are made when issuing or refusing a licence

    • End User Undertaking Workshop

  • compliance – why you will receive a compliance visit and what to expect.

  • concluding remarks including staff training

    • ideas for staff training, and why it is so important

    • why things go wrong and the consequences

We recommend you review the Learning Path and think carefully about what you need to achieve from these courses, before deciding which level suits you best.

Targeted courses

Licences workshop

Duration: half-day

Cost: £108

Pre-course Knowledge: You will have some experience of making licence applications (if relevant) and undertaken prior training from the learning path.

This workshop is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of licences obtained to export strategically controlled military and dual-use items. This will result in fewer licences needed and improved compliance.

With the wealth of export control licences available to UK exporters, finding the right one to enable your company to export efficiently can be daunting. Based on course feedback, input from the SPIRE replacement program (LITE), and our Compliance Unit, this course is a development of our Making Better Licence Applications workshop. We will guide exporters through the licence types available – deciding which one is right for your export.

Attendees will first be taken through the core Standard and Individual Export Licence (SIEL) application screens to demonstrate how prior planning can reduce the number of ‘Requests For Information’ (RFIs).

The course will then consider Open General Licences (OGLs and EU GEAs), covering what is available, online resources and how to read OGLs to improve compliance with the terms and conditions.

Making better licence applications – London only

Duration: half hay

Cost: £108

Pre-course Knowledge: none, although having a SPIRE account and some experience of making Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) applications will help you get the most benefit out of this course.

The course aims to reduce the number of Requests for Further Information (RFIs) and withdrawn/stopped cases returned to licence applicants.

Attendees will be taken step-by-step through the licence application process on SPIRE for strategically controlled military and dual use items. The type of information required, and the reasons for requiring that information, will be explained at each stage, identifying common pitfalls and mistakes.

There will also be an opportunity to share best practice with other attendees.

Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) End Use Undertaking requirements will also be covered and the End-User Advice service will be explained.

Control List classification course – London only (dates TBC)

Duration: full day

Cost: £240

Pre-course knowledge: You will have some knowledge or experience of the classification (rating) process. We recommend the foundation workshop or intermediate seminar first.

A course to provide guidance on identifying the control list entries that apply to your goods software and technology.

Workshops will concentrate on classifying military and dual-use goods:

  • export control lists – where they come from, including relevant legislation

  • military goods and dual-use goods – how to find them on the relevant list

  • understanding control list entries

  • basic classification exercises – examples

  • software and technology controls

  • classification exercises using the Goods Checker tool

  • introduction to the OGEL (Open General Export Licence) Checker

Class sizes for this course are limited and we often have a waiting list. If you book and subsequently find you cannot attend, please let us know so that we can offer your place to someone else.

More information

To register for any of these events, please complete the form attached to this bulletin, (1 form per attendee) and return it to:

Denise Carter, Events Manager

Export Control Joint Unit 
Department for International Trade 
3 Whitehall Place 
London, SW1A 2AW UK

Tel: 020 7215 4459 Fax: 020 7215 0531


We do not have the facility to accept debit or credit card payments.

  • the cost of each event (per delegate) is shown on the registration form attached – you will be invoiced after the event

  • payment can be made by BACS transfer or by cheque payable to ‘DIT’

  • if using a Purchase Order for payment, please ensure that Purchase Order details are sent with the registration form to the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) address above

  • attendance at your chosen event is only assured once you have received confirmation from us

Cancellation policy

Training places are limited, so cancellation after we have confirmed attendance must be received by the Events Manager in writing or by email at least ten working days before each event – otherwise course costs may be charged/invoiced accordingly.

If we have to cancel a training course or event, any attendance fees already paid will be reimbursed without undue delay or used as credit for a future course. However, as the ECJU only makes a nominal change for attendance on its training courses to cover its basic costs, any further claims on the part of the delegate are excluded.

Acknowledgement and confirmation

On submission of a registration form (and purchase order if appropriate), an acknowledgement will be emailed to you within 5 working days. This is also confirmation that your place has been reserved. Please ensure that the contact email address is clear, accurate and clearly highlighted, if different to the attendee’s email address.

For bulk bookings, please ensure that you give us name and contact details for each attendee, so that certificates and places can be arranged.

Venue details and a final agenda will be sent (by email) to the attendees about 2 weeks before the course date. If you have registered to attend a course and have not received these details by 5 working days before the course, please contact us.

By completing the registration form, you are indicating that you have read and considered that the level of training on offer is suitable, and that you understand you will be charged for each cancelled event in accordance with the cancellation conditions above.


September-December 2019 Export Control Training Bulletin

The economic crime plan sets out 7 priority areas that were agreed in January 2019 by the Economic Crime Strategic Board, the ministerial level public-private board charged with setting the UK’s strategic priorities for combatting economic crime:

  • develop a better understanding of the threat posed by economic crime and our performance in combatting economic crime

  • pursue better sharing and usage of information to combat economic crime within and between the public and private sectors across all participants

  • ensure the powers, procedures and tools of law enforcement, the justice system and the private sector are as effective as possible

  • strengthen the capabilities of law enforcement, the justice system and private sector to detect, deter and disrupt economic crime

  • build greater resilience to economic crime by enhancing the management of economic crime risk in the private sector and the risk-based approach to supervision

  • improve our systems for transparency of ownership of legal entities and legal arrangements

  • deliver an ambitious international strategy to enhance security, prosperity and the UK’s global influence

Read the Economic Crime Strategic Board January meeting agenda and minutes.


Economic Crime Plan – HTML, PDF

The UK’s Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee has put together a nice little document called “A Guide to Names and Naming Practices”, which has sections about how names are constructed around the world. For example:

  • In Africa, there are sections for Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa Nigerian names, as well as Somali names.
  • There are 14 chapters on naming conventions across Europe, including special subsections on the Albanian, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovenian residents of the Western Balkans region.
  • In the Middle East, Arab Muslim, Iranian, and both the Arab and Kurdish names used in Iraq are covered.

In all, there are 30 chapters of naming conventions, as well as annexes containing lists of common names, and origins of family name endings.

Bookmark it – sure it will come in handy one day – if not once a day.,


FBIIC Naming Structure Guide

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The next Export Control Symposium will take place in London on Thursday 30 May 2019.

Export Control Symposia organised by the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) have become very popular over the last few years, and there are now two events each year.

On 30 May the event will, as usual, commence with a plenary session covering a range of topics. There will also be the customary workshops on key issues relating to the export control of strategic goods.

PLEASE NOTE – registration is not open yet. Another group email will follow with links to the agenda and invitation. But please mark the date, 30 May, in your diary if you wish to attend. 

The venue will be Park Plaza Hotel, 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT


For general export control queries please contact our Helpline on 020 7215 4594 or email:


Business Awareness Unit  Export Control Joint Unit

Annex 1

Written Ministerial Statement


Operation of the UK’s Counter-Terrorist Asset Freezing Regime: 1 July to 30 September 2018

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (John Glen): Under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (TAFA 2010), the Treasury is required to prepare a quarterly report regarding its exercise of the powers conferred on it by Part 1 of TAFA 2010. This written statement satisfies that requirement for the period 1 July to 30 September 2018.

This report also covers the UK’s implementation of the UN’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida asset freezing regime (ISIL-AQ), and the operation of the EU’s asset freezing regime under EU Regulation (EC) 2580/2001 concerning external terrorist threats to the EU (also referred to as the CP 931 regime).

Under the UN’s ISIL-AQ asset freezing regime, the UN has responsibility for designations and the Treasury, through the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011.

Under EU Regulation 2580/2001, the EU has responsibility for designations and OFSI has responsibility for licensing and compliance with the regime in the UK under Part 1 of TAFA 2010.

A new EU asset freezing regime under EU Regulation (2016/1686) was implemented on 22 September 2016. This permits the EU to make autonomous Al-Qaida and ISIL (Da’esh) listings.

The following tables set out the key asset-freezing activity in the UK during the quarter.

The recently passed Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act will help ensure that UK counterterrorist sanctions powers remain a useful tool for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to consider utilising, while also meeting the UK’s international obligations.

Under the Act, a designation could be made where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the person or group is or has been involved in a defined terrorist activity and that designation is appropriate. This approach is in line with the UK’s current approach under UN and EU sanctions and would be balanced by procedural protections such as the ability of designated persons to challenge the Government in court.

Sorry, but the tables on page 2 of the report don’t cut and paste real well…

Frozen funds: the ISIL-AQ regime had thre most frozen accounts (35) and funds (70,000 GBP), with the TAFA regime being a distant second (6 accounts for 9,000 GBP).

New designations: 4 for ISIL-AQ, 1 under EU Regulation 2016/1686

And there were 5 TAFA renewals in the quarter.



One interim basic needs licence was issued under the CT regimes during this quarter. Four General licences remained current during this quarter.3


Quarterly Report for July-October 2018