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If it is unknown then suppliers have to apply. If they apply they take all the risks as discussed below. That is an excellent reason why you can cooperate with Utility Metals. Utility Metals pays emphasis on if goods are controlled and where. If they are controlled it will not apply ( except few except cases on NATO projects )

If they are fined, you bet they will. Not following laws either because they simply are not aware of them or in case they do it on purpose is not the best option. 

BY ALL MEANS YES, Utility Metals although is not seeking to deal with goods that are controlled, it has devoted years in the matter of export compliance and loves to exchnage ideas and views on this matter. Utility Metals has made studies in the past for export complinace and has provided them to the UK Export Control Organisation, to the Alpha Initiative and the European Institute of Export Compliance ( EIFEC ).


It is exteremely time consuming. An application for a license needs from many hours to many days to be properly prepared. This is translated to monetary cost that if passed on the product selling price this becomes uncompetitive. Additional it is risky. If an application for a license  is turned down by the export control organisation ( for whatever reason relating to the customer – provifded of cousre that the supplier has done nothing wrong  ), this is then notified to authorities in all EU member states. The applicant company may prepare an excellent and well written application and end up heavily critised in all Europe without having done anything wrong. Don’t forget that if a customer needs goods that are controlled, the application for a license is done by the supplier not the customer. That is a terrible risk the suppliers have to take when applying for a license.

No. Utility Metals si not seeking to sell products that may need a license. First of all military projects are not a priority for Utility Metals. Utility Metals sells also to defense but the vast majority of past sales of Utility Metals was to other industries such HO.RE.CA, Construction, Shipping, Architecture, CNC for commercial applications etc. Moreover Utility Metals has applied for an export license only for cases relating to the German Army, so unless your project is for the US, UK, German, French, Austrian, Swedish Army, etc. or for some NATO project,  Utility Metals will not be able to accept handling your inquiry. Also it is known that Utility Metals does not handle inquiries for the following end uses ie, nuclear, lab for biological applications, missiles, launching platforms for missiles, armoring of civilian vehicles.

Contcat an export complinace compmany to handle your inquiry. There is a cost.

Hire a lawyer specializing in export complinca e matters. There are legal fees

Employ a dedicated exports complinace officer in your company. For Average cost per year, there is some information on the web, check in a search engine

Go alone. Study the laws, again and again and again. Laws are not just your local laws, thera re UN regulations, US regulations, EU regulations and although they speak for the same thing export complinace laws in different countries are not of exact match. Check if you have understood the laws, recheck since you are nt a lawyer. Attend conferences and seminars by export control organisations, courses range 50-500 Euros per day. Watch webinabrs online. Contcat the helpline of the export Control Organisation in your country. Read again and again and again online articles. Discuss and connect with people form Export Control Associations. Join Social media groups for export Complinace. After few years check the hours.days/months you have spent on export complinace and how this is transalted to cost.

So, if you do not have time or funds for any of the above solutions and you are unsure what to do and whether your products are controlled and where


Contcat Utility Metals. You will then know if goods are controlled. If theya re controlled ( and they are not any NATO projcet ) Utility Metals will not handle the inquiry.
If it is unknown if the goods are controlled and an pplication to the export control organsation ahs to be amde, U.M. will not proceed with the application. If theya re not controoeld then Utility Metals would gladly examine to handle it thsu saving you a lot of money. Still even if U.M. will save you a lot of money you are well advised to be proactive with export complinace and try to find time to deal and be more educated on this topic.


At all cases you are most strongly advised to take the matter of export compliance very seriously and always contact suppliers that handle this resposnibly. You must assist suppliers with as much as possible information in your inquiries ie. if the project is military and if it is for what project ie type of military airplane or type of military vehicle,  if goods are to be -exported outside your home country, if goods are to be machined in your country, what is the exact end application ie architectrural facade or construction pipe etc. It is best if you as a customer also contact and ask and insist for such information from your customer so you can inofm the supplier accordingly to assist him in deciding whether goods are controlled and where.

Why companies pay taxes ? Why they submit annual returns ? Export Compliance is one more legal requirement that all companies have to follow. It is also as discussed above, a moral obligation to contribute in the fight against WMD

Yes only for projects realting to the German army.

It is best for Utility metals not to comment on what your supplier does. In this webpage all information Utility Metals provides is supported with weblinks of mostly governmental or international authorities documentation.





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