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The Export Control Organisation (ECO) is part of the Europe and World Trade Directorate (EWT) which, in turn, is part of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). Its chief task is to process applications for licences to export strategic goods from the UK.
It also oversees what are known as Trade Controls which were introduced as a result of the Export Control Act 2002 which made the trading (commonly referred to as trafficking and brokering) of goods from one overseas destination to another a licensable activity.
ECO licences the transfer of Military Goods, which fall into this trafficking and brokering category, between one overseas destination to another.
If there are more than two countries involved in any transaction, including the export of goods from the UK, exporters should note that a licence may still be needed to move goods between all the countries concerned.
Exporters should also remember that just because they have been granted a UK Trade Licence this does not remove the requirement for them to obtain permission of the authorities of the appropriate countries to remove or receive goods from or to that territory as necessary.
As well as the core job of processing licence applications ECO does the following:
Click on the links in the right hand column for more information. The bottom item on the list has details of the new ECO website.
Export Control Organisation
3rd Floor, Kingsgate House
66-74 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6SW
UK Export Control: "Promoting global security through strategic export controls, facilitating responsible exports"