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Information on exporting strategic goods to Somalia
An arms embargo is in force on Somalia. This embargo has been imposed by both the UN and EU 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.
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 UN Security Council decided to issue an arms embargo on Somalia by issuing Resolution 733 on 23 January 1992 in response to the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in the country. This was further clarified with Resolution 1425 in July 2002, which banned the financing of arms acquisitions and the indirect sale and supply of technical advice and military training. The UN has subsequently modified its position via various resolutions since this date. In December 2006, Resolution 1725 partially lifted the arms embargo. Most recently, the UN has imposed an amendment via Resolution 1744 which includes an exemption for certain humanitarian purposes.
The European Union imposed an arms embargo in December 2002 which adopted the UNSCR 733 (Common Position 2002/960/CFSP). This was enforced via Council Regulation No 147/2003 which was issued on 29 January 2003.The UN has since modified and extended the scope of the regulations.
To access copies of any relevant and latest updates to EU legislation see the:
The relevant statutory instruments implemented in UK law are:
See more information about the Orders made under the Export Control Act.
To access copies of any UK legislation see the:
There are no other sanctions imposed on Somalia.
Export Control Organisation
Updated: 7 April 2009