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Open General Export Licences: Africa

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN HL4353, tabled on 12 May 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many open general export licences have been granted in the last five years to African countries not in the Commonwealth; and to which countries.

Answered on

26 May 2020

Open General Export Licences (OGELs) are not granted for specific exports to specific destinations, rather they are pre-published licences that permit the export of specified items to a range of specified countries, following an online registration. They remove the need for exporters to apply for individual licences, providing the exporters can meet the terms and conditions set out in the licence.

There are also EU General Export Authorisations (EUGEAs) under the dual-use regulations. These permit the export of certain specified dual-use items to specified destinations, subject to the terms and conditions of the licences. They are equivalent to OGELs and are available for use by any exporter within the EU, as well as the United Kingdom for now.

At the end of the transition period, the EUGEAs will be retained as part of the retained Dual-Use Regulation. They will be renamed as ‚ÄúRetained General Export Authorisations‚ÄĚ and will be available for use by exporters based in the United Kingdom, to export from the United Kingdom.

In total, there are 65 OGELs and six EUGEAs currently available. To provide actual registrations over the last five years can only be provided at disproportionate cost, as my Department would have to review each live and archived OGEL/EUGEA, which will include reviewing country additions/removal dates and analysing specific registrations over each period.