They can range from raw materials to components and complete systems, such as aluminium alloys, bearings, or lasers.
They could also be items used in the production or development of military goods, such as machine tools,
chemical manufacturing equipment and computers
( UK's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills )
Yes, they can be used for civil commercial applications but the same metals can be used for the production of military products or for the production of weapons of mass destruction ( WMD ).
Each single metal - dual use product needs a licence. Do products sold by U.M. need a licence ?
In theory there are more than 5 million possible combinations of metals, alloys, forms and sizes but in every day practice only some may need a license.
U.M. has checked with the UK ECO and for all the materials that U.M. UK Ltd sold or was involved in the sale,
the goods were NLR ( NO LICENSE REQUIRED ). These included a large variety of stainless steel, aluminium, non alloyed and alloyed steels.
But for several items, a question must be made to the Export Control Organisations whether a license is needed. This depends on each case.
Please note, that a material may not be controlled in one case, but may be controlled in another.
Which metals and forms most likely need a licence?
In general, metals that will be used for the construction of armed vehicles and aircraft structures, nuclear reactors and nuclear material enrichment.
aluminium alloys used for aircraft applications most likely 2014, 2024, 6061, 7075, 7145, in plates of thicknesses of more than 75 mm, in tubes with OD of more than 75 mm and round bars of diameter larger than 75 mm, yet a range of alloys, forms and sizes may be subject to restrictions.
ballistic protection steels,
stainless steels with nickel of 70 % or more in the chemical composition such as many duplex stainless steels
nickel alloys with 70 % nickel in their chemical composition,
any steel able to sustain temperatures of more than 600 celcium
carbon steel pipes with extremely large diameter size ( ie similar to pipes used in oil platforms )
All above may need a license in specific cases only.
All metals or plastics that are specially designed, produced or modified for military use.
please note that in case there is no possibility to determine whether a metal needs a license, then the export control organization ( ECO ) assists in the determination and advises whether there should be application for a license.
The export license is given to the exporter or the broker and the license is provided to the exporter or the broker. The license relates to the supplier and/or broker, the customer / buyer and the products of the order. It is the U.M. that takes the license so you can buy the licensed products that you need, from U.M. or through U.M. from specific mills and stockholders that are mentioned in the license application. You will have to sign an end user agreement or a stockist undertaking and provide the information asked by ECO such as requested quantity, price, application, methodology of machining, data sheets etc.
No, Export control Organizations does not charge for the applications, however, in case you place an order with U.M., and an application for a license has to be made, U.M. may ask you a small amount ( approx. ~ 80 GBP ) in advance before the application is made, fully refundable to you, in case the license is provided.
Was U.M. given a license for an exported material ?
Yes, but the license can be used for a specific case only
How long does it take for the issuance of license ?
Average time is about 3 weeks. It can take longer. It worths waiting.
Are there any licenses valid for a longer period not just for a specific transaction ?
Yes, especially if you know approximately how much quantity you will need, for a period ( ie: approx. 2 years )
What are the benefits of having my goods licensed?
compliance with regulations,
avoidance of bad reputation and financial costs
trust and credibility with authorities and clients
ease of mind that problems are avoided even if other parties in the supply chain fail in their obligations
Licenses may take several days to be issued, our production will delay !
Nobody likes delays. But problems originating from non export compliance will cost you by far much more that few days production delay.
Do you have an export compliance policy ?
Yes, a short version is available to the public in this weblink:
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