Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994

Cited as:SI 1994/1191
Jurisdiction:UK Non-devolved

1994No. 1191


The Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994


The Secretary of State, in exercise of powers conferred by section 1 of the Import, Export and Customs Powers (Defence) Act 1939 ( a)and now vested in him ( b), and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order:

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.-(1) This Order may be cited as the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994 and shall come into force for the purpose of issuing general licences on 4th May 1994 and for all other purposes on 25th May 1994.

(2) In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires-

"aircraft" means a fixed wing, swivel wing, rotary wing, tilt rotor or tilt wing airborne vehicle or helicopter;

"basic scientific research" means experimental or theoretical work undertaken principally to acquire new knowledge of the fundamental principles of phenomena or observable facts and not primarily directed towards a specific practical aim or objective;

"country" includes territory;

"development" means any activity or phase prior to production and may include or relate to design, design research, design analysis, design concepts, design data, assembly and testing of prototypes, pilot production schemes, the process of transforming design data into a product, configuration design, integration design, or layout;

"document" includes any medium or device by means of which information is recorded or stored including a magnetic or optical disk or tape or a solid state memory;

"goods", unless otherwise specified, means both used and unused goods;

(a) 1939 c.69

(b) See S.I. 1970/1537

"importation" and "exportation" in relation to a vessel, submersible vehicle or aircraft includes the taking into or out of the United Kingdom of the vessel, submersible vehicle or aircraft notwithstanding that the vessel, submersible vehicle or aircraft is conveying goods or passengers, and whether or not it is moving under its own power; and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly;

"isolated live cultures" includes live cultures in dormant form and in dried preparations;

"Member State" means a Member State of the European Communities;

"microorganisms" means bacteria, viruses, mycoplasms, rickettsiae, chlamydiae or fungi, whether natural, enhanced or modified, either in the form of isolated live cultures or as material including living material which has been deliberately inoculated or contaminated with such cultures;

"microprogramme" means a sequence of elementary instructions, maintained in a special storage, the execution of which is initiated by the introduction of its reference instruction into an instruction register;

"normal commercial journey" means a journey providing transport services in the ordinary course of business;

"production" includes all production phases, including construction, production engineering, manufacture, integration, assembly (which includes mounting), inspection, testing and quality assurance;

"programme" means a sequence of instructions to carry out a process in, or convertible into, a form executable by an electronic computer;

"scheduled journey" means one of a series of journeys which are undertaken between the same two places and which together amount to a systematic service operated in such manner that the benefits thereof are available to members of the public from time to time seeking to take advantage of it;

"software" means one or more programmes or microprogrammes fixed in any tangible medium of expression;

"surface effect vehicle" means any air cushion vehicle (whether side wall or skirted) and any vehicle using the wing-in-ground effect for positive lift;

"technology" means any document including blueprints, plans, diagrams, models, formulae, tables, engineering designs or specification, manuals or instructions, necessary for the development, production or use of goods except:

(a) any document the information within which is generally available to the public or relates to basic scientific research;(b) any application for the grant of a patent (or any other form of protection for an invention) or for the registration of a design, or a semiconductor topography, in each case under the law of the United Kingdom or of any other country or under any treaty or international convention;(c) any document necessary to enable any such application to be filed, made or pursued;

"toxins" means toxins in the form of deliberately isolated preparations or mixtures, no matter how produced, other than toxins present as contaminants of other materials such as pathological specimens, crops, foodstuffs or seed stocks of microorganisms;

"use" means operation, installation (which includes on-site installation), maintenance, checking, repair, overhaul and refurbishing;

"vessel" includes any ship, surface effect vehicle, small waterplane area vessel and hydrofoil, and the hull or part of the hull of a vessel.

(3) In this Order-

(a) a prohibition on exportation is a prohibition on exportation from the United Kingdom including a prohibition on shipment as ships' stores; and(b) numerical references in Schedule 1 hereto to standards and recommendations are references to the relevant standards and recommendations so numbered with such amendments (if any) thereto as may have been published before the making of this Order.

Prohibitions and restrictions on exportation

2. Subject to the provisions of this Order, all goods of a description specified in Schedule 1 hereto are prohibited to be exported to any destination.


3. Nothing in this Order shall be taken to prohibit the exportation of- Licensed exports

(a) any goods under the authority of a licence granted by the Secretary of State, provided that all conditions attaching to the said licence are complied with;

Channel Islands

(b) any goods other than goods of a description specified in Group 1 of Part III of Schedule 1 hereto, to any destination in the Channel Islands;


(c)(i) any aircraft which is being exported after temporary importation into the United Kingdom provided that there has been no change of ownership or registration since such importation;(ii) any aircraft on a scheduled journey;


(d)(i) any vessel registered or constructed outside the United Kingdom which is being exported after temporary importation into the United Kingdom;(ii) any vessel which is departing temporarily from the United Kingdom on trials;(iii) any vessel proceeding on a normal commercial journey;

Firearms and ammunition

(e)(i) any firearm falling within category B, C or D of Annex 1 to Council Directive 91/477/EEC ( a), related ammunition and telescopic sight for use therewith to any destination in a Member State if

(a) O.J. No. L256, 13.9.91, p.51.

(aa) the firearm, ammunition and telescopic sight form part of the personal effects of a person who is in possession of(i) a European firearms pass which has been issued to him under section 32A of the Firearms Act 1968 ( a)


(ii) a document which has been issued to him under the provisions of the law of a Member State corresponding to the provisions of that section

and which, in either case, relates to the firearm in question; and

(bb) either the said pass or document issued to him contains authorisation for the possession of the said firearm from the Member State of destination and any other Member State through which the holder intends that the firearm will pass on its way to that destination, or the holder of the firearm can on request satisfy the proper officer of Customs and Excise at the place of export(i) that the export of the firearm is necessary to enable the holder to participate in one of the activities specified in Article 12.2 of the said Directive,(ii) that the firearm falls within the category appropriate to that activity in accordance with the said Article 12.2 and(iii) that the export or passage of the firearm is not to or, as the case may be, through a Member State which prohibits or requires an authorisation for the acquisition or possession of the said firearm; and(ii) any firearm authorised to be possessed or, as the case maybe, purchased or acquired, by a valid firearm certificate or shot gun certificate granted under the Firearms Act 1968 ( b) or by a visitor's firearm or shot gun permit granted under section 17 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 ( c) or by a valid firearm certificate granted under the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 ( d) or granted in the Isle of Man under the Firearms Act 1947 (an Act of Tynwald) ( e) as amended by the Firearms Act 1968 (an Act of Tynwald) ( f)and the Air Guns and Shot Guns, etc. Act 1968 (an Act of Tynwald) ( g), related ammunition and telescopic sight for use therewith (aa) to any destination in a Member State by any person or body specified in Article 2.2 of the said Directive, or by the holder of a firearm certificate granted under the said Act of 1947, or(bb) to any other destination other than a destination in South Africa,

provided that the firearm, ammunition and telescopic sight form part of the personal effects of the holder of the certificate and, in a case to which (bb) applies, the certificate is produced by the holder, or his duly authorised agent, with the firearm and ammunition to the proper officer of Customs and Excise at the place of export; Permitted ships' stores or the shipment of any goods as ships' stores with the permission of the proper officer of Customs and Excise at the port of departure for use on board the ship provided that all conditions attaching to the said permission are complied with.

Customs powers to demand evidence of destination which goods reach

4. Any exporter or any shipper of goods which have been exported from the United Kingdom shall, if so required by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, furnish within such time as they may allow proof to their satisfaction that the goods have reached either-

(a) a destination to which they were...

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