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Global Export Licensing Consultants

Blackthorne provides a comprehensive range of services which enable companies to easily import and export their IT and networking products to emerging markets all over the world.

Blackthorne has an expert dedicated Export Licensing Team that is fully conversant with current encryption levels associated with hardware and software products exported to countries which are subject to licencing rules. Failure to comply with these export licensing rules can lead to severe penalties – in addition to 50+ day delays and often loss of goods. This is our speciality so talk to us first and prevent this happening with your tech shipments!

Most companies are unaware of the vagaries of export licensing and it is all too common that they contravene local custom regulations, often with severe penalties. That’s where we can help.

What is an Importer of Record?

An importer of record – aka IOR, is a customs term which describes the activity of a company such as Blackthorne, who provide a service to ensure that the products we represent on behalf of our clients, fully comply with local legal and regulatory requirements for import and export purposes. This in effect means we are acting on your behalf and manage and submit all the customs forms and pay local duties and taxes to enable your product to be legally imported into the country of your choice with full compliance.

Category 4 and 5 Export Licensing

Blackthorne has a deep understanding of the requirements set out by export control offices globally for exporting goods under an export licence. We are specialists in category 4 and 5 export licensing which covers computers as well as information security systems that include encryption.

By keeping up to date with changes to the UK and international strategic export controls lists we are able to help you better understand the classification and requirements for your goods.

From management of your Export Licensing Programme using the relevant government system, through to export of goods and declarations of licence use, we can provide you with a comprehensive service that is tailored to the needs of your business. We can also provide advice and database services for recording software transfer export by electronic means.

Developing World Export Licensing

At Blackthorne, we have considerable experience working with telecommunications and infrastructure companies and helping them to operate in the developing world while complying with export regulations.

With a growing number of items, including technology products falling under export licensing control you need to keep up to date on all elements of export licensing for your business.

Export licensing can be extremely complex with regulations frequently changing which requires continual monitoring to ensure that your business is compliant. Does your staff have the experience and knowledge to keep up with this fast-moving landscape?

Non-compliance can result in severe economic and reputational penalties if you inadvertently flout these regulations. That is why you need to partner with Blackthorne in order to mitigate your commercial risks and liabilities associated with your export activities.

Are you aware that a border force check which might result in a licence requirement for your goods can lead to a 6-week holdup and possible loss of your goods?

Can you afford the risk of NOT using Blackthorne to assist you with your export licencing?

Importer of Record meaning

The videos below will help you understand how Blackthorne can act as your Importer of Record and provide services such as Global representation to enable you to start selling your products in a hassle-free, compliant and cost-effective manner very quickly.

Your next step:

Contact us now for an audit of your current and/or planned overseas export activities and we can determine your Export Licencing needs and implement a compliant logistics solution to enable you to export your technology products to the country of your choice – anywhere in the world – very quickly.


Although our experienced Importer of Record experts are happy to advise you over the phone, we have detailed below the questions we are typically asked relating to IOR related matters.

The Importer Number is a unique identification number that is assigned to an Importer of Record by the government of the importing country. In the EU this is an EORI Number which is assigned to importers and exporters by the relevant tax authority. At Blackthorne we can act as an IOR for your IT shipments anywhere in the world.

The Importer of Record can be a person or organisation that is responsible for all paperwork relating to importing goods into a destination country. The IOR needs to arrange the payment of duties, levies, fines, product classification and certification.

Typically, the term Importer of Record or IOR is used to describe the entity or person who is accountable for the legal importation of goods in accordance with the laws of the country in which they are being imported. The responsibilities of this entity include classification and valuation of the goods, as well as payment of any duties and fees of the imported goods.

Generally speaking, a consignee is a different entity to an importer, although a consignee can be a government registered importer. A consignee is a single entity or company who the cargo is consigned to by the shipper. The consignee does not need to be the actual buyer of the goods. The importer is registered in the country of import to bring goods in from outside countries.

The Exporter of Record can be the seller or buyer but in both these cases, there may be potential compliance concerns. At Blackthorne International Transport we can act as the Exporter of Record for all IT shipments around the world. As the Exporter of Record, we are able to maintain documentation and ensure accuracy in the event of an audit.

If you are looking to import goods, then an Importer of Record is needed. This is a person, entity or organisation that is responsible for maintaining a paper trail and ensuring that all customs declarations are made, that goods are properly classified and that all duties, fees and levies are paid.

Yes, absolutely. Here at Blackthorne, we are happy to act as an Importer or Record for IT shipments globally and our huge global network and infrastructure helps us to offer a seamless process for our customers. Our team can help get your IT equipment where it needs to be and expedite the import-export process.

In some cases, yes. However, we’d recommend choosing an experienced company that specialises in import and export. IT equipment and hardware are highly regulated so if you want to import or export worldwide then you need a company that knows what they are doing. At Blackthorne, we can provide the support and help you need to get your hardware where it needs to be.

Your next step:

Contact us now to discuss your Export Licensing requirements and we can determine and implement a compliant solution very quickly. If you want to speak to people with real practical experience in this type of activity – please call our team for a friendly, jargon-free chat about your potential requirements.