The manufacture of military goods is a major industry in the UK – thousands of jobs depend on it – creating and maintaining one of our most powerful exporting sectors. You’ll not be surprised to learn that it’s also the most highly regulated sector in any industry.
Those seeking to export military goods to the US must comply with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), which controls the import/export of military goods to America. All relevant defence-related items and services subject to ITAR are listed on the United States Munitions List (USML).
And that’s not all. Manufacturers also need to comply with a raft of domestic regulation; exports are dealt with under the ECO (Export Control Organisation).
There is good news, though. There’s a trade deal in place: the US–UK Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty, under which ECO has issued an OGEL (Open General Export Licence). You’ll need to comply with the requirements of the OGEL if you’re considering exporting under authority of the licence – but even more good news: we can assist.
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