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Does your business need an export licence?

Dorset Chamber Of Commerce and Industry

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 from 08:00 to 10:30 (BST)

Does your business need an export licence?

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If your business is considering exporting or importing goods (or already doing so), you'll need to check if you need a licence. Moving controlled goods without the right licence is a criminal offence, so it’s important to check first. You may need a licence even if you are only exporting or importing goods temporarily e.g. taking a sample to an exhibition.

There are sectors that are clearly subject to these export control laws, including military/paramilitary goods, technology, arms and ammunition. But there are some products that could be deemed 'Dual-Use' and the requirements may not be so clear. Goods in the following sectors fall under this category:

  • Nuclear materials, facilities and equipment
  • Special materials and related equipment
  • Materials processing
  • Electronics
  • Computers
  • Telecommunications and "information security"
  • Sensors and lasers
  • Navigation and avionics
  • Marine
  • Aerospace and Propulsion

So if you think your business could be affected by export control laws, this short breakfast seminar will help you understand your responsibilities, and take the necessary steps to protect your international business.


  1. Background to UK Export Controls – explaining the controls, the legislation (UK and EU), the goods and technology that are controlled, types of activities that are controlled, the key Control Lists, the main activities and end use controls.
  2. Types of export licences available to exporters, the differences between them, the problems Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) experience when handling licence applications, the licencing process and the Criteria we have to follow in considering export licences.
  3. Compliance – why the ECJU visit companies who use open licences, explain what to expect, the problems we come across on such visits and guidance on best practice and penalties that could be imposed.
  4. Open Export Licence Exercise’s – Attendees get opportunity to look at various scenarios and consider whether a particular open export licence could be used or not (getting used to using open export licences).
  5. Concluding Remarks and Open Q&A session.

There will be an opportunity to book a 1:1 with the two compliance officers to address specific questions. Register your interest here -

Hosted by DCCI Platinum Business Partner Lester Aldridge LLP.

With expertise in all aspects of international shipping and marine law, your LA Marine team are well versed in providing expert help and advice to the commercial shipping, superyacht and leisure marine industries.

Speakers from the Export Control Organisation (ECO) Joint Unit.

The ECO is part of the Department for International Trade, and issues licences for controlling the export of strategic goods. The ECO aims to help the UK’s businesses export responsibly and within the law.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Rob Booth for more information on

Why export?

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) have launched a new service for businesses looking to take advantage of global demand and grow their business through exporting. DCCI can help kick start your journey to export success with a range of support including advice, information, and topical events, helping your business get export ready.

More and more companies are seeing the benefit in spreading their risk by entering new overseas markets. During 2016, £21.5bn worth of exports left the South West region alone, and the number of exporters jumped to almost 14,000. So the appetite is already there and we want to make sure new businesses are prepared to make the long term investment.

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Lester Aldridge LLP

BH8 8EX Bournemouth
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 from 08:00 to 10:30 (BST)

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Dorset Chamber Of Commerce and Industry

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry is Dorset’s leading business support organisation. The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes and sectors from across the County of Dorset and beyond delivering the very best services.

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