The Open General Import Licence (OGIL) allows all goods to be imported into the United Kingdom. However, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy proscribes certain goods, which are detailed within the Schedule to the OGIL, and may restrict or even ban the import of such goods.
For safety and security reasons, relevant nuclear materials are amongst those commodities that may not be imported under the OGIL and require individual import licences.
Importers must apply with at least 30 days’ notice, to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for a licence to import the following nuclear materials:
Uranium Ore concentrates.
Plutonium, Uranium 233, Uranium enriched in the isotopes 233 or 235, natural Uranium and mixtures, compounds and alloys containing any of the foregoing, including spent or irradiated nuclear reactor fuel elements (cartridges).
It should be noted that in order for the UK to meet its international obligations it is unlikely that a licence would be granted to import nuclear materials from a state not party to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.
The forms needed to apply for an import licence are available for download here. NOTE: As an original signature is usually needed, it is not normally possible to electronically return applications to ONR but, as staff access to our buildings is currently limited due to COVID-19, application forms must instead be scanned and then emailed to (ONR-CNSS.Transport@onr.gov.uk) until further notice. Should you need to contact us during this time, please use the following mobile numbers as points of contact - 07768555674, 07786542463, 07786555983 or 07507837880.
The forms can be downloaded and completed electronically. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, completed applications should then be signed and then scanned and submitted by email to ONR.
ILB publicises its restrictions by issuing Notices to Importers. Notices covering the current restrictions, including nuclear materials, are available on their website (details below).
If you have any queries about Import Licensing for other goods, please refer to the ILB website.