About Us

UK/US/EU Export Control Consultant

David Hayes Export Controls

was established to provide rapid, professional advice and assistance to companies currently affected by export controls or who are considering entering the market place but are unsure of the commercial and regulatory implications.

We can provide advice and assistance on UK and EU controls on military and dual-use items and also to businesses dealing with US companies, as suppliers, customers or partners.  In addition, our links to a network of other consultants mean that we are able to assist companies with export control issues around the world.  Export compliance should also form part of any due diligence during M&A activity, as companies expand by acquisition or create joint ventures to pursue strategic goals. 

The export control laws of the United States are the most stringent and complex in the world.  Ongoing reforms, intended primarily to improve US competitiveness, actually add to this complexity.  Dealing with United States companies without an appreciation of these controls can result in unforeseen delays and costs and limit your ability to market your products to other countries.

In addition to the commercial risks of mismanaging the process, the United States Government can and does impose penalties on non-US companies and individuals for violations of US law, which it regards as wholly extraterritorial.

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David Hayes

David Hayes BSc(Hons) FRAeS


David has many years experience in export controls, from the varied perspectives of regulator, Head of Compliance for global companies and now as an independent consultant.  
After leaving the UK Export Control Organisation in the late 90’s David worked in industry as Head of Compliance for Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, with significant involvement in US export compliance under both ITAR and EAR as well as OFAC sanctions.  He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society for his export control work in the aerospace industry.
In 2007, recognising an increasing demand from industry, especially in relation to UK companies having to deal with US controls, he established his own consultancy.  David now provides services to a rapidly expanding international client base, ranging in size from small businesses to global multi-nationals and encompassing very diverse industries and technologies.  
David was the founding Chairman of the Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (EGADD), which he developed into the UK’s leading trade body on export controls, and a widely recognised expert in his field.  He stood down as Chair of EGAD in 2012 in order to devote more time to his consultancy business.
David is a regular speaker at national and international export control events and committed to effective compliance training.  He was instrumental in developing the UK’s first externally accredited export control training, which is offered jointly by Cranfield University and EGAD.  He is also the author of a regular series of articles for the US professional publication The Export Practitioner.
David is involved in many export control fora, both nationally and internationally and has regularly given evidence to UK Parliamentary Select Committees on export control issues. 
In 2015 David was appointed to the Ethics Advisory Board of an EU funded project to advise on export control matters and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Executive Masters in International Trade Compliance offered by the University of Liverpool and Full Circle Compliance.