Export control of dual use items

Export controls of dual-use items

Export controls shall ensure that items, goods and technologies, which potentially can be used as a threat to international peace and security, do not fall into the wrong hands.


There may be several reasons why an item is regarded as a dual-use item and therefore requires an export license before export can take place.


A dual-use item can be a physical good, a technology, a service or electronic transfers. It is the function or the item’s potential application, which determines whether the item is regarded as a dual-use item and therefore requires a specific export license.

Dual-use items

Annex 1

Dual-use items are critical products, which can be used for both civil and military purposes. This includes items such as sensors, lasers, software, and programs. If the item is listed in Annex 1 (control list) to the ”Executive Order No. 67 dated the 22nd of January 2018”, it will require an export license before the item can be exported from Greenland. The control list is identical to the list of dual-use items adopted by the European Union. The most recently published control list can be found on the Danish Business Authority’s website.

Ore with an average concentration of at least 0.05 % of uranium or of thorium

Exports of more than 500 kg of ore per anno, which contain an average concentration of thorium or uranium on at least 0.05 %, are required to obtain an export license before being exported from Greenland.

Catch all provision

Finally, an item not listed in Annex 1 to the ”Executive Order No. 67” can also be regarded as a dual-use item pursuant to the so-called catch-all provision, cf. Section 1 of “Executive Order No. 67”.

Clarification of dual-use items prior to the application

By contacting the Ministry of Industry and Energy the exporter can obtain specific guidance concerning end-users, items and refusals.

Other important aspects

Besides the specific item or technology it is important to pay attention to a range of other aspects. I.e. it is important that the exporter is paying attention to whom the item will be exported and in which country the buyer and/or end-user is located. In some cases it is illegal to transport certain items or give guidance about how items can be applied.

Export control authority and contact point

According to an agreement between the Danish Government and the Greenlandic Self-Government, the Ministry of Industry and Energy is the point of entrance in Greenland for inquiries, applications etc. concerning export of dual-use items. 


Based on the agreement it is stipulated in Section 5 (1) of the Executive Order that an application for an export license for exporting dual-use items shall be submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Energy. Subsequently, the Ministry of Industry and Energy will forward the application to the Danish Business Authority. According to law the Danish Business Authority is the export control authority and therefore will process the application. When the application has been processed, the applicant in Greenland will receive a reply from the Ministry of Industry and Energy.


Ministry of Industry and Energy

Imaneq 1A 301 
Postboks 1601 
3900 Nuuk


Phone: +299 345000


Application form etc.

Application form - export of several products

Application form for dual-use products

End-user-statement form

Guidance on filling in the application and End-user-statement forms


Processing of the application

The Danish Business Authority and the Ministry of Industry and Energy strive to provide the applicant with a response to the application within two weeks after a correct application has been received.