Export Controls

Find out your legal requirements before you ship your products and what do you need to know about the companies and individuals who are buying your products. Also see information in Chapter 9 of the Basic Guide to Exporting under Getting Started.

Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security BIS

The mission of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests. BIS’s activities include regulating the export of sensitive goods and technologies in an effective and efficient manner; enforcing export control, anti-boycott, and public safety laws; cooperating with and assisting other countries on export control and strategic trade issues; assisting U.S. industry to comply with international arms control agreements; monitoring the viability of the U.S. defense industrial base; and promoting federal initiatives and public-private partnerships to protect the nation’s critical infrastructures.

EAR – Export Administration Regulations

ECCN – How To Determine an Export Control Classification Number

Export Management Systems
This Web site is intended to offer various resources and tools that can be used to enhance compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Denied Parties
The denied Persons List.

Entity List
Entities of proliferation concern listed in Supplement No. 4 to part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations.

Unverified List
The Unverified List includes names and countries of foreign persons who in the past were parties to a transaction with respect to which BIS could not conduct a pre-license check (“PLC”) or a post-shipment verification (“PSV”) for reasons outside of the U.S. Government’s control. Any transaction to which a listed person is a party will be deemed by BIS to raise a “red flag” with respect to such transaction within the meaning of the guidance set forth in Supplement No. 3 to 15 C.F.R. Part 732. The “red flag” applies to the person on the Unverified List regardless of where the person is located in the country included on the list.

Anti-boycott Compliance
U.S. companies continue to report receiving requests to engage in activities that further or support the boycott of Israel. U.S. companies may receive similar requests in the future. Compliance with such requests may be prohibited by the Export Administration Regulations and reportable to the Department. If you have questions, please call (202) 482-2381 and ask for the Duty Officer or you may contact us by email.

State – Office of Defense Trade Controls
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, in accordance with §§ 38-40 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2778-2780) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130), is charged with controlling the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions List (USML). It has among its primary missions (a) taking final action on license applications for defense trade exports and (b) handling matters related to defense trade compliance, enforcement, and reporting.

Treasury – Office of Foreign Asset Controls OFAC

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. OFAC acts under Presidential wartime and national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under US jurisdiction. Many of the sanctions are based on United Nations and other international mandates, are multilateral in scope, and involve close cooperation with allied governments.
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SDN & Blocked Persons
SDN & Blocked Persons