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Overseas Trade: Burma

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 20th July 2018

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what information his Department holds on UK companies exporting (a) goods or (b) services to the (i) Burmese military or (ii) Burmese military-owned or controlled companies.

Graham Stuart Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) continues to support responsible trade and investment with Burma as an important part of driving mutual prosperity and supporting Burma’s democratic transition. DIT encourages UK companies to undertake due diligence, and ensures companies are aware of UK legislation including the UK Bribery Act (2010) and any relevant sanctions.

The export of goods or services to the Burmese military is governed by the EU arms embargo with Burma. The UK was instrumental in the recent tightening of these regulations.

DIT holds information relating to export licence applications for controlled goods and services. Details of export licences issued, refused and revoked are published on a quarterly and annual basis and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/export-control-organisation.