Export Licences And Certificates From 1 January 2021

Export Licences and Certificates

Export Licences And Certificates From 1 January 2021

Licences, certificates and special rules for taking goods out of the UK from 1 January 2021. Note this guidance will apply if the UK and EU do not reach an agreement (“a deal”).

See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-licences-and-certificates-from-1-january-2021?step-by-step-nav=1faad9b3-e5ef-47f6-a3ba-4715e7e4f263

There is specific guidance on exporting the following:


  • live animals and animal products
  • live animals, semen and embryos under the Balai Directive
  • fish for human consumption
  • live fish and shellfish for aquaculture and ornamental purposes
  • endangered plant and animal species, and products made from them
  • plants and plant products
  • wood packaging
  • timber


  • ozone-depleting substances and fluorinated gas (F-gas)
  • nuclear-related items
  • waste


Controlled goods – these include military items, dual-use items (items with both civil and military uses), firearms, and items that can be used for torture or capital punishment


There are different types of sanctions for trade, transport, finance and immigration.

Check if the goods you’re exporting will be controlled by UK sanctions from 1 January 2021. You may also not be allowed to export your goods to someone who is subject to financial sanctions.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-sanctions-regimes-under-the-sanctions-act

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