• Andrew Skinner

UK Trade Sanctions & Other Restrictions


The Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for putting into effect trade sanctions and other trade restrictions.

The Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) is part of the DTI. The ECJU may grant licence authorisation thereby permitting otherwise prohibited activities.

The following activities may be subject to trade restrictions:

· the import, export and movement of goods and technology

· the provision and supply of services

· the involvement of UK people in these activities

It is a criminal offence to export controlled goods without the requisite authority.


Destinations with trade restrictions

· Afghanistan (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Argentina (trade restrictions and transit control)

· Armenia (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Azerbaijan (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Belarus (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Benin (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Burkina Faso (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Burma (Myanmar) (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Cape Verde (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Central African Republic (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· China (People’s Republic other than the Special Administrative Regions) (arms embargo and transit control)

· Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Democratic Republic of the Congo (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Gambia (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Ghana (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Guinea (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Guinea-Bissau (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Iran (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Iraq (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Lebanon (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Liberia (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Libya (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Mali (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Niger (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Nigeria (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Russia (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Senegal (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Sierra Leone (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Somalia (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· South Sudan (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Sudan (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Syria (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Togo (ECOWAS restrictions and transit control)

· Ukraine (trade sanctions and transit control)

· Venezuela (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Yemen (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)

· Zimbabwe (trade sanctions including an arms embargo, and transit control)


See more information on Export Controls & Sanctions here.


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