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The International Engagement Hub brings the University's guidance on risk management around international activity into one place.

The Import Export Hub aims to assist and support University of Cambridge staff involved with the international movement of goods (imports and exports) and the sale and purchase of services to overseas organisations and individuals by bringing together existing pockets of expertise within the University, leading to greater shared knowledge and experience in dealing with this complex area.

Other extermal resources

The Association of University Legal Practitioners (AULP) and Project Alpha of King’s College London have published guidance on export control designed for Universities as well as a toolkit for PIs. Please note that the AULP guidance was issued before the changes to export control legislation made on 1 January 2021. Much of the University’s guidance on export control has been adapted from this document and it is a valuable resource for those requiring further guidance. The case studies in section 6 of the Guide provide particularly useful advice.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have also issued specific guidance for academics and provide Export Control Training.

Further (different) controls apply if you are planning to export other categories of goods such as medicines, animal products, arts or antiques. Details are available from the UK Governments Export and Import Licences webpage.

Sanctions against Russia

On 1 March 2022, the UK government issued additional sanctions on Russia, which expand sanctions that have been in place since 31 July 2014. The full statutory guidance on the new sanctions is available here.

The sanctions include sanctions on designated persons (incl. immigration sanctions), financial sanctions, import restrictions and transport sanctions. They also include export restrictions and prohibitions that build on existing export controls. Contravening or circumventing these sanctions is a criminal offence.

The export sanctions include prohibitions and restrictions on exports to Russia and non-governmental Ukrainian territory of:

  • Military or dual use goods, software and technology
  • Technical assistance that enables or facilitates the conduct of certain military activity;
  • Certain goods and technology for use in the energy sector, particularly for off-shore drilling and exploration;
  • Certain 'critical industry' goods and technology and aviation and space goods and technology;
  • Certain infrastructure-related exports.
  • A range of good and technologies relating to oil refining, quantum computing, advanced materials, internal repression, interception and monitoring, chemical and biological weapons production, jet fuel, luxury goods, maritime goods and technologies, and banknotes.

Getting support
Members of the University who are planning to export items, technology or technical assistance to Russia or non-government controlled Ukrainian territory should consider the control lists and the additional controls created by the sanctions and take advice from the contacts below to understand which restrictions apply. Please note that some of the sanctions apply to exports that are intended for use in Russia and non-government controlled Ukrainian territory as well as direct export. This means that, even if the immediate destination is not Russia or non-government controlled Ukrainian territory, the sanctions may still apply. Sanctions may also affect some postgraduate teaching and the receipt of funding from sanctioned Russian individuals or companies.
Please contact and if you need assistance.

Sanctions against Belarus

The UK has imposed a package of trade, financial and aviation sanctions on Belarus. Guidance on the sanctions can be found here.

Guidance on Remote Teaching and Export Control

In August 2020 the University Research Office issued guidance on managing export control compliance relating to remote teaching - this was updated in Jan 2021. The guidance document is available below. 

Guidance on Remote Teaching and Export Control