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Union General Export Authorisations (UGEAs)

Issuing authority: European Community

Background

  • EU Regulation 1232/2011 introduces five new EU General Export Authorisations, now called “Union General Export Authorisations”.
  • The old CGEA is replaced by UGEA EU001.
  • In total there are 6 UGEAs.
  • These new UGEAs came into effect on 7 January 2012.

UGEA Notification Letter

To access a copy/template of a Notification Letter to use a UGEA, please click on the attached Link;

Details of each UGEA

1. EU001 Covers most Annex I exports to 8 destinations: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein) and United States of America


2. EU002 – export of certain dual-use items to certain destinations Annex IIb - Covers several Wassenaar Arrangement–controlled items (for a specific list of covered items please refer to the legislation). It authorises exports to 6 destinations: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey


3. EU003 – Covers most Annex I export after repair/replacement - (though with several exceptions set out in the authorisation).It concerns exports following the repair/replacement of covered items, where the relevant items were initially exported from the EU under a valid licence and were being re-imported into the European Union for the purpose of maintenance, repair or replacement. It authorises exports to 24 destinations: Albania, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Croatia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, French Overseas Territories, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates


4. EU004 – temporary export for exhibition or fair - The authorisation contains several very specific conditions of use. For example, the authorisation does not cover the export of items where the relevant items are exported to a customs-free zone or a free warehouse which is located in a destination covered by this authorisation. It does not cover the export of items where their return in their original state, without the removal, copying or dissemination of any component or software, cannot be guaranteed by the exporter, or where a transfer of technology is connected with a presentation. It does not cover items that are to be exported for a private presentation or demonstration. There are many other specific conditions of use in the Regulation. It authorises exports to 24 destinations: Albania, Argentina, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, French Overseas Territories, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates


5. EU005 – telecommunications– Annex IIe - Covers some category 5 part 1 items (for a specific list of covered items please refer to the legislation). It authorises exports to 9 destinations: Argentina, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Croatia, India, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and Ukraine


6. EU006 – chemicals - Covers several items in category 1C350, 1C450.a. and 1C450.b. (for a specific list of covered items please refer to the legislation). It authorises exports to 6 destinations: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, South Korea, Turkey, and Ukraine

Further Information

Each of the UGEAs contains a very precise list of items and destinations that are covered by that UGEA. The use of the authorisations is subject to several general conditions of use. Each UGEA also contains a specific set of conditions of use, which must be adhered to when exporting under the general authorisation. (A web link to Regulation (EU) No 1232/2011 is attached for ease of reference at the end of this document.)

Exporters need to check the precise scope of the authorisations as set out in the legislation. It is the responsibility of each exporter to assess whether the relevant items are covered.

On exportation of any items pursuant to an authorisation, it is important to note the requirement to specify the EU reference number X002 and to specify that the items are being exported under the relevant Union General Export Authorisation i.e. EU001, EU002, EU003, EU004, EU005, or EU006 in Box 44 of the Single Administrative Document.

Exporters may now be prohibited from using Union General Export Authorisations if there is reasonable suspicion about their ability to comply with an authorisation or with a provision of the export control legislation. This is important because to help with a common EU approach to managing the UGEA system, information about prohibited exporters is exchanged among all Member States.

The complete text of the Regulation can be accessed at the EU website

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