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Information on exporting strategic goods to the Ivory Coast.
An arms embargo is in force on the Ivory Coast. This embargo has been imposed by both the UN and the EU and the UK has introduced national legislation as a result.
NOTE: This page outlines relevant information about the arms embargo only. See the link to other restrictions for more information about other potential sanctions.
An arms embargo is a ban on the export of "arms and related material" (ie military ammunition, weapons and goods) imposed by either the UN (United Nations), European Union (EU), Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The UK interprets this as covering all goods and items on the UK Military List.
Additionally some goods which are not on the UK Military List might also need an export licence. See more details about the Military End-Use Control.
Exporters can apply for an export control licence for their goods. All applications will be considered by the Government on a case by case basis in line with the provisions of the Consolidated Criteria for UK and EU Arms Exports. See more details about Licence Decision Making.
Exporters can also make a rating request for clarification on whether their goods are licensable. More information is available about the Rating Enquiry Service.
In applying and using any licence, exporters should be aware of their responsibilities. More information is accessible on the Compliance and Enforcement pages.
Further information is available in the following Notices to Exporters:
Keep updated with the latest changes to Sanctions and Embargoes by Joining the ECO Mailing List.
The Security Council adopted UN Resolution 1572 in November 2004. This imposed an arms embargo on the Ivory Coast. This embargo is still in force. This resolution has subsequently been extended, amended and modified.
To access copies of any relevant UN Resolutions see the:
Subsequent to the adoption of UNSCR 1572, the Council of the European Union adopted Common Position 2004/852/CFSP on 13 December 2004. 423/2007 in February 2007. The regulation has subsequently been extended, amended and modified by further Common Positions and Council Regulations.
To access copies of any relevant and latest updates to EU legislation see the:
The relevant statutory instruments implemented in UK law are:
Export Control Order 2008 (SI 2008/3231)
See more information about the Orders made under the Export Control Act.
To access copies of any UK legislation see the:
Ivory Coast is also subject to other sanctions including a travel ban and assets freeze. See further information on financial sanctions on Ivory Coast (HM Treasury website) and Ivory Coast sanctions information (FCO website).
Ivory Coast is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is also subject to the ECOWAS Convention on the Import, Export and Manufacture of Light Weapons. More information is available on the West African States page.
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Created: 6 April 2009