UK ‘dual-use’ exporters face Brexit deadline for new export licence

Pinsent Masons

UK exporters of ‘dual-use’ items to EU countries face criminal sanction unless they register in time for an export licence, experts in export controls at international law firm Pinsent Masons have warned.

According to Tom Stocker and Fiona Cameron of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, action is required from UK exporters of dual-use items ahead of the fast-approaching expiry of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 as the licensing regime is due to change after that date.

From 1 January 2021, an Open General Export Licence (OGEL) will be required. Exporting without a required licence is a strict liability criminal offence, which includes inadvertent breaches, and a more serious offence for deliberate evasion of export controls…more