Licensing procedures

What are the procedures for receiving an export authorisation?

  • Opdateret 17. oktober 2023

Prior to application

Exporters may obtain information about critical end-users and denials by contacting the Danish Business Authority. At the same time, it is possible to get an answer to whether it is necessary to apply for an export authorisation, or whether the exporter himself is to decide whether an authorisation is needed. Only in cases where there exists definite critical information about the end-use of products will the Authority require that exporters apply for an authorisation.


In order to obtain an export authorisation, application must be made to the Danish Business Authority.

The Authority will subsequently handle the application according to current international and national rules and may consult other authorities. In general, few denials are issued. The Authority strives to provide a reply within some weeks in complicated matters, and within two weeks in matters that are not complicated.

Moreover, exporters have always the possibility of obtaining advice and guidance if they are in doubt about the procedures.

Virk selvbetjening

At Virk you can apply for an export authorisation. Please note that the form requires a digital signature.

Various Authorisations

Exports of products and technology subject to export controls are subject to one or more of the following authorisations, which are graded according to the sensitivity of the products and the countries.

  • Community general export authorisation (exports to seven closely related countries).
  • Global export authorisations (regular exports to less critical countries and end-users).
  • Individual export authorisation (non-recurring export order, exports to critical countries and end-users and always in connection with catch-all).
  • One general authorisation. This authorisation requires that the enterprise has introduced an internal export control compliance program.

Various rules apply depending on whether exports are intended for other EU Member States, the seven closely related countries or other third countries. This is also important for which type of authorisation is required.