An export licence is a government document that indicates an approval to export specific number of goods to specified countries.
Certain goods are subject to special surveillance by the authorities and may only be exported by the organisation that holds the export licence. Examples of such goods are: protected animal species (CITES), narcotics, dual-use goods, etc. These goods are always handled in a two-stage export procedure.
Upon request, the relevant competent authority issues the export permit in the EU Member States.