Licensing Advice

It has been brought to our attention that the Government has provided to the Committee on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) a consolidated listing of all extant export licences that have been issued for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and that this list has been published. This list is attached, and has been published at: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/other-committees/committee-on-arms-export-controls/publications/.

Whilst there has been some redaction, the released information goes MUCH further than the information which is normally published in the UK Government’s Annual and Quarterly Strategic Export Controls Reports (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data#annual-reports).

If any Member Companies wish to discuss this information release, they can contact: Brinley.Salzmann@adsgroup.org.uk.

The British Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has published its new sector-specific fact sheet for importers and exporters. This guidance includes:

  • the difference between trade and financial sanctions;
  • how to find out who is subject to financial sanctions;
  • when to apply for an OFSI licence as well as an export control licence; and
  • what to do if you suspect a breach.

A copy of this guidance is to be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-sanctions-faqs.

MOD – April 2012

OVERVIEW

The Ministry of Defence Form 680 (‘F680’) is used by government to consider the release by companies of information and equipment protectively marked restricted or above to foreign end users.

WHEN YOU WILL NEED AN MOD FORM 680

If you plan to release protectively marked information and equipment then MOD Form 680 approval is needed.

OTHER REASONS FOR SEEKING F680 APPROVAL

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills publish Open General Export Licences (OGELs). Some of these contain a requirement to have an MOD Form 680 approval in place before the licenses are used.For more information see the guidance on Military Goods Open General Export Licences.

MOD FORM 680 AND EXPORT LICENCE APPLICATIONS

An MOD Form 680 approval for marketing a product to a specified destination does not guarantee that an export licence will be granted for its subsequent export to that destination because MOD Form 680 and export licence applications are entirely separate procedures.For information on export control licence decision making see Assessment of export licence applications: criteria and policy.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A MOD FORM 680

All applications for F680 clearance are made online via SPIRE.You can apply for an MOD F680 using SPIRE.

WHO ASSESSES THE F680?

The F680 system is run by MOD Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy (ACP). Once an application is received it is circulated to specialist advisers within the MOD, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development for comment.ACP aim to respond to an application within 30 days of receiving it.Route of the MOD form 680

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR F680 APPLICATIONS

For queries about MOD Form 680 applications you can contact the desk officer in Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy (ACP) who normally deals with your company’s F680 applications.If you are unable to contact your desk officer, or are a new user, you can contact ACP on 020 7218 9080.

FURTHER INFORMATION

MOD Arms Control and Counter Proliferation Policy Export Licensing Casework helpline: 020 7218 9080Apply for an MOD F680 using SPIRE.