Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Germany. 2010 ‘Export Controls and Brokering Controls - Licenses.’ National Report of Germany on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 18.104.22.168. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations. 22 February
Export Controls and Brokering Controls - Licenses
Period of Validity of Licenses:
In general, German export licenses are valid for a time period of two years. They may only once be extended for another two years. However, individual licenses for the export of military equipment are valid only for one year; they may be extended for one additional year.
The reason for this exception is that licenses for the export of military equipment are in particular subject to a political evaluation of the given circumstances which may vary in time. Thus, there is a maximum duration of validity of export licenses in case of military equipment of two years and in case of dual-use goods of four years (including possible extensions).
The proceedings for an application for extension are governed by the same strict principles as those that apply when issuing a new license. In case of temporary exports, the duration of a license may be stipulated according to the circumstances prevailing in the individual case (e.g. for the duration of a trade fair).
In contrast to all other types of licenses, general licenses are issued ex officio. They expire at the end of a calendar year and may be extended for further calendar years.