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Export Controls and Licences (Military and Dual Use) Factsheet

A wide range of goods for export require a licence, including many seemingly harmless items. Controls are in place to ensure the UK meets its global treaty obligations and is not involved in trading goods which could harm global stability or British foreign policy aims. Export control is a highly important area of customs. Breaches fall within the scope of criminal prosecution, with the worst examples risking both significant financial penalty and imprisonment.

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