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Information on exporting strategic goods to Sudan.
An arms embargo is in force on the Sudan. This is both a UN and EU imposed embargo 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 imposed an arms embargo by UNSCR 1556 in July 2004. In March 2005 this resolution was extended by Resolution 1591.
To access copies of any relevant UN Resolutions see the:
The EU first imposed an arms embargo on Sudan in March 1994. This original legislation has subsequently been amended and strengthened by the imposition of Council Common Position 2004/31/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 131/2004. These regulations have subsequently both been amended further by Council Common Position 2005/411/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 838/2005 in line with the UN Resolutions.
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:
Sudan is also subject to other sanctions including a ban on the provision of certain services and freezing of funds and travel restrictions on people infringing UN embargoes and human rights. See further information on financial sanctions on Sudan (HM Treasury website) and Sudan sanctions information (FCO website).
Export Control Organisation
Created: 6 April 2009