General Export Authorisations

10 December 2012

JCCC CIP (12)58 explains the phased introduction of six new EU General Export Authorisations (GEA) over 6 months from 1 November 2012.

GEA’s are the European equivalent of the national system of Open General Licences (OGL’s) issued under UK export control law and are designed to licence dual use exports.

Dual use items are goods, software of technology that can be used for either civil or military purposes.  The GEA are just one of several licensing categories issued by the UK’s Export Control Organisation (ECO).  They specifically permit export of certain specified dual use goods to certain non EU countries.

There are six European Union General Export Authorisations (GEAs):

  • EU001 – exports to Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein) and the United States – NOTE: this was previously known as the Community General Export Authorisation or CGEA.
  • EU002 – export of certain dual-use items to certain destinations
  • EU003 – export after repair/replacement
  • EU004 – temporary export for exhibition or fair
  • EU005 – telecommunications
  • EU006 – chemicals

More information on GEA’s and export control can be found on the EU General Export Control pages of the Business Link website.

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