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The Export Control Organisation (ECO) is part of the Europe and World Trade Directorate (EWT) which, in turn, is part of the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) formerly DTI. Its chief task is to process applications for licences to export strategic goods from the UK. It also:
The UK's strategic export controls are based on national and international commitments on transfers of conventional weapons, missiles, chemical and biological weapons and nuclear-related goods and technology, and components thereof.
These commitments are enshrined in the UK Strategic Export Control Lists made up of the UK Military List (for goods/technology designed specifically for military use) and the Dual-Use List (for goods/technology which may have military or civil applications). Control lists are updated periodically to reflect changes in these regimes. The UK also controls goods which are not on the Dual-Use List but which may be used in connection with a WMD programme.
Click on the link in the right hand column for more information about the ECO and the controls it administers.
Export Control Organisation
Created: January 2006
Updated: 11 February 2008