Notice to exporters 2018/08: new open general export licence published and 26 OGELs updated

11 April 2018


The Department for International Trade has published a new open general export licence (OGEL): information security items. The purpose of this OGEL is to allow the export of ‘low risk’ information security items deploying encryption to a wide range of destinations.

All items specified in Schedule 1 of the new licence must only use:

  • standard encryption algorithms that have been approved or adopted by recognised international standards bodies (examples: 3GPP, ETSI, GSMA, IEEE, IETF, ISO, ITU, TIA)
  • any cryptographic functionality used by the item cannot be easily changed by the user

Before using this licence, you must register through SPIRE, the export control joint unit’s (ECJU’s) electronic licensing system, stating where you will keep records of the exports or transfers and where the ECJU may inspect them. There are also additional technical data reporting requirements that must be completed prior to the first export of each item.

OGELs amended

A number of military and dual use OGELs have also been updated and amended to reflect new contact details of the ECJU and Ministry of Defence (MOD). References to outdated government departments have been changed and, where appropriate, visual branding of the OGELs updated. The scope of these OGELs remains the same.

Military OGELs updated:

  • certified companies
  • export for exhibition: military goods
  • exports or transfers in support of UK government defence contracts
  • exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty
  • historic military vehicles and artillery pieces
  • military components
  • military goods, software and technology
  • military goods: Collaborative Project Typhoon
  • military goods, software and technology: government or NATO end use
  • military surplus vehicles
  • vintage aircraft
  • exports in support of joint strike fighter: F-35 Lightning II
  • military goods: A400M Collaborative Programme

Dual-Use OGELs updated:

  • chemicals
  • cryptographic development
  • export after exhibition: dual use items
  • export after repair/replacement under warranty: dual use items
  • export for repair/replacement under warranty: dual use items
  • low value shipments
  • oil and gas exploration: dual use items
  • technology for dual use items
  • specified dual use Items (X)
  • PCBs and components for dual use items

Military/dual use OGELS updated:

  • military and dual use: UK forces deployed in embargoed destinations
  • military and dual use goods: UK forces deployed in non-embargoed destinations
  • exports of non lethal military and dual use goods: to UK diplomatic missions or consular posts

In force date

The information security items OGEL and 26 amended OGELs come into force on Wednesday 11 April 2018.

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