We're creating a single website for everything to do with BIS but, while we do that, you'll find information in three places. > Find what you're looking for
The ECO is responsible for legislating, assessing and issuing export licences for specific categories of "controlled" goods. This encompasses a wide range of items including so-called dual-use goods, torture goods, radioactive sources, as well as military items. Whether a licence is required depends on various factors including the items exported and any sanctions in force on the export destination.
If items exported from the United Kingdom are controlled, then a licence is needed to legally export. Exporters are responsible for complying with the law, understanding the regulations and keeping informed via our Notices to Exporters and UK Export Control Training & Skills Academy programme.
The ECO issues licences for export, transhipment and trade control (trafficking and brokering) purposes. These licences are issued by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) - formerly known as BERR. Read more About the Export Control Organisation.
This website provides extensive guidance. Use the A-Z Index, Website Map, or links on the left to navigate through the site. The Related Links (on right) give you quick access to key aspects of export control.
Training and awareness is key to the ECO's role as regulatory authority for strategic export controls. Our re-launched training programme is now available providing training for our customers, overseas governments and staff.For more details see the UK Export Control Training & Skills Academy.
Keep up-dated on all the latest ECO developments by accessing our Latest News
Email: ECO.Help@berr.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: 020 7215 4594
For other ways to get in touch: Contact the ECO
UK Export Control: "Promoting global security through strategic export controls, facilitating responsible exports"