An unnamed UK company has recently been fined £109,312.50 for making unlicensed exports of military goods controlled by the Export Control Order 2008.

The fine was issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which is responsible for enforcing UK export control legislation in collaboration with the Crown Prosecution Service. The fine is an example of HMRC using its powers to offer a penalty fine in lieu of making a criminal prosecution and serves as a reminder to exporters of the consequences of failing to comply with the relevant legislation relating to UK exports of military goods.