Notice to exporters 2018/10: HMRC prosecutes company for unlicensed exports

26 April 2018


Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recently prosecuted Carbosynth Limited for unlicensed exports of controlled chemicals.

This was pursuant to section 68(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 in relation to The Export Control Order 2008 and the EU Dual Use Controls (Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009).

Carbosynth made unlicensed exports of ‘dual use’ chemicals:

  • R-(-)-3-quinicludinol
  • 2(diethyamino) ethanethiol
  • benzillic acid

They also exported military list chemicals 1, 2, 4, butanetriol and decaborane.

The chemicals were exported variously to Japan, India, South Korea, Israel, USA, Germany and Canada.

On 18 April 2018, at City of London Magistrates’ Court, the company entered a guilty plea against the 6 counts and was ordered to pay £4,269.96.

Export control legislation is enforced by HMRC, working with the Crown Prosecution Service.

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