What We Do

About the Export Licensing Unit

The Export Licensing section of the website contains information relating to EU and Irish export controls on Dual-Use Items and military goods.

Some of the information, for example, the List of Dual-Use Items, is presented in PDF format. In order to view these documents you will need a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader free viewing companion.

We trust that you will find this site both informative and easy to use. If however you have any problems or indeed have any comments to make, we would be grateful if you would contact us by email.

Please note that the disclaimer below applies to all of the information provided in these pages.

In line with our customer service commitments, the Export Licensing Unit will be available to the public between the following hours: 9.30am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 5pm


Trade Licensing and Control Unit,
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment,
Earlsfort Centre,
Lower Hatch St,
Dublin 2,
D02 PW01.

Phone: +353 1 631 2121 


"The material in this website is for your general information only. Any statements in this website about any laws or regulations or other legal instruments or requirements, whether domestic or EU or otherwise, do not purport to be a legal interpretation and do not purport to be authoritative or legally binding.

The Licensing Unit provides no guarantee as to the accuracy of any of the material contained in this website. In so far as Acts of the Oireachtas or Statutory Instruments are concerned you are referred to the paper copy of legislation available from the Government Publications Sales Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. In so far as the EU legislation is concerned you are referred to the Official Journal of the European Communities.

When you read this website, you waive any right you might have to seek to have imposed on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment or the State any liability for any loss occasioned as a result of reliance placed on any part of the contents of this website."

Privacy Notice – Trade Licensing and Control Unit

Your privacy is important to us, and we are fully committed to keeping your personal information safe. This privacy notice is intended to provide you with information about the personal information we collect about you and how that information is used and shared in the context of the processing activities undertaken by the Trade Licensing and Control Unit. It also sets out your privacy rights. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our privacy practices so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your personal data. 

Data Protection 

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and its Offices has appointed a Data Protection Officer, Celyna Coughlan, for you to contact if you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, our privacy practices or if you wish to exercise your data rights. Our Data Protection Officer can be reached by e-mail at: dataprotection@enterprise.gov.ie. We value your opinions. Should you have any questions or comments related to this privacy notice, please contact us at: dataprotection@enterprise.gov.ie. 

Information we collect and how we use it

We collect your personal information for a variety of purposes and rely on a number of different legal bases to use this information. In most cases, we rely on your explicit consent to process your personal information. Where we do, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. In most circumstances, your consent can be withdrawn by following the unsubscribe instructions included at the end of each e-mail communication from us or you can contact us at: dataprotection@enterprise.gov.ie and we will be happy to facilitate your request. 

  • To correspond with you

If you correspond with us, we will use your contact information to respond to your enquiry. We process this information on the lawful processing ground of consent and in the exercise of official authority vested in us in pursuit of providing services and maintaining relationships with our customers and stakeholders. 

  • To provide customer service and manage ordinary business needs

We may use your personal information to provide you with customer service and manage ordinary business needs, including for internal purposes such making an enquiry on your behalf. Our lawful basis for this type of use of your personal information is the exercise of our official authority in pursuit of providing services to our customers and stakeholders. 

Data storage and retention

We will retain your personal information as needed to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected. We will retain and use your personal information no longer than is necessary. 

The default standard retention period for records created, received or held by staff of the Trade Licensing and Control Unit in the course of our duties is current + six years i.e. records are retained while current plus an additional six years from when they become non-current. This applies to all records held by the Trade Licensing and Control Unit with the sole exception of records relating to firearms and, where appropriate and feasible, their parts and essential components and ammunition. Records relating to firearms will be held while the records are current plus an additional twenty years from when they become non-current. This is in accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No. 258/2012 of 14 March 2012. 

International transfers

We do not transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Your data rights

You have several rights under data-protection law in relation to how we use your personal information. You have the right, free of charge, to: 

  • Request a copy of the personal information we hold about you. You can do this by completing a Subject Access Request (SAR) form.
  • Rectify any inaccurate personal information we hold about you.
  • Withdraw your consent where we have relied upon your consent to process your information.
  • Erase the personal information we hold about you subject to certain exceptions.
  • If technically feasible, have your personal information transmitted to another data controller in a machine-readable format at your request.
  • Restrict processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Object to our use of your personal information for certain purposes.
  • Not be subject to a decision which is based solely on automated processing where that decision produces a legal effect on you or otherwise significantly affects you. We do not make automated decisions of this nature.

Making a complaint

You can Make a complaint with the Data Protection Commission (DPC) if you have concerns about how we process your personal data.

These rights are in some circumstances limited by data-protection legislation. If you wish to exercise any of these rights please contact us at: dataprotection@enterprise.gov.ie. We may take measures to verify your identify. We will do this by reference to copies of acceptable identification documentation supplied by you.

We will endeavour to respond to your request within a month. If we are unable to deal with your request within a month we may extend this period by a further two months and if this occurs we will contact you and explain why. 

Consequences of not providing information

Where we need to collect your personal data and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to provide you with the information you require for the services we deliver. In this case, we may have to cancel the delivery of these services to you, but we will notify you if this is the case at the time. 

Changes to this privacy policy

We may update this privacy notice from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you prior to the changes taking effect by posting a notice on our websites and, where appropriate, sending you a notification.