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Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL)

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What are SIELs?

A Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) allows the export of:

  • specific items as listed on the licence
  • specific quantities and value for each item
  • specific end-user and consignee.
  • NOTE: The consignment does not all have to be in a single shipment.

Applying for a Licence

You need to apply for a SIEL via SPIRE.

End User Documentation

When making a SIEL application, an exporter must provide original end user documentation. More information is available on the End-User and Consignee Undertakings for SIELs and OIELs guidnce page.

Length of validity and use

SIELs are normally valid for 2 years but can be revoked.

Licence Conditions and Amendments

You should adhere to all conditions specified on the licence.

In particular please refer to:

You should also be aware that there are updates to licence conditions and export control regulations.

Notifications of any amendments can be found in the Notices to Exporters. If you want to receive notices via email you can choose to join the ECO mailing list.


Exporters whose applications for SIELs have been refused have the right to appeal which they must do so in writing within 28 days of the refusal letter.


Companies are liable to receive compliance visits from ECO if they hold SIELs for electronic transfers of software or technology. Find out more details about compliance visits.


Exporters should be aware that there are legal penalties for exporting controlled goods without a licence. More details can be found on the HMRC website.

Licence Application Statistics

The ECO has clearly agreed targets on the processing of licence applications. The ECO aims to process 70% of SIELs in 20 working days. Access the most recent statistics


Export Control Organisation

Created: February 2008

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