Welcome to SPIRE - the Export Control Organisation's online export licensing system.

Using SPIRE, you can apply for an export or trade licence for your activities and items if you require a licence for the wide range of "strategic" goods (such as security items, military goods, civilian products designed with a military use or purpose, firearms, police and paramilitary goods, radioactive sources and much more). You can also use SPIRE to make a Ministry of Defence Form 680 application, Private Venture security grading or Exhibition Clearance applications.

Existing Users

System Message

SPIRE will be unavailable between 18:30 and 20:30 on Thursday 13th December 2018 for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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Did you know that SPIRE is being replaced? Keep up to date via our Blog https://importexportlicensing.blog.gov.uk/ . If you would like to help shape the future licensing service and the support we provide, please complete this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7JWMZMF if you provide your details (no obligation) at the end of the survey the project team may be in touch. Thank you!

E-Mail addresses

You may be aware that E-Mail addresses for DIT are now in the format FORENAME.SURNAME@trade.gov.uk. During a transitional period, messages sent to the "....@trade.gsi.gov.uk" addresses have been redirected. However, this will cease after 30 June.

Please ensure that, from 1 July, all E-Mails are sent to "@trade.gov.uk".


The E-Mail address referenced on this screen, eco.spire@trade.gov.uk, is no longer in use. Please send all SPIRE related E-Mails to eco.help@trade.gov.uk.

We are taking steps to correct the details on the right hand side.

Notices to Exporters

ECO's Notices to Exporters provide news updates on strategic export control issues including changes to legislation and notification of licence amendments or changes to the UK Strategic Export Control Lists. View all newly published Notices to Exporters

New Users

Create a new account to use SPIRE

Company Registration

We advise that you register your company on SPIRE, benefits include:

  • More Control
  • Time Saving
  • Additional Company Security

Login to SPIRE and go to 'Manage My Registration' on the left hand side and click on 'New Registration'

See guidance on creating a new SPIRE account and registering your company.

You are kindly reminded to keep your details on SPIRE up to date so that you may be contacted by ECO regarding your application or Licence


General enquiries: email eco.help@trade.gov.uk or telephone 020 7215 4594

Login problems: email eco.help@trade.gov.uk

Specific application enquiries: contact your licensing case officer

MOD Form 680 casework issues:
email ECJU-MODTeam@mod.gov.uk