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Information on exporting strategic goods to Armenia and Azerbaijan
An arms embargo is in force on Armenia and Azerbaijan. This embargo has been imposed by the Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and has been implemented in UK law.
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.
There are no further ECO Notices concerning Armenia and Azerbaijan.
You can view other notifications distributed in the ECO's Notices to Exporters.
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There are no UN Security Council Resolutions on Armenia or Azerbaijan.
There are no EU Regulations or Common Positions relating to Armenia or Azerbaijan.
To access copies of any relevant and latest updates to EU legislation see the:
In February 1992, the Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) requested that all OSCE participating states should introduce an embargo on : “all deliveries of weapons and munitions to forces engaged in combat in the Nagorno-Karabakh area”. This embargo remains in force.
Find out more about 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:
Armenia and Azerbaijan are not subject to further sanctions and embargoes.
Export Control Organisation
Updated: 6 April 2009