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Export Controls

The term "export controls" refers to a set of laws and regulations that restrict when we can send certain goods and technology and performance of services overseas or to foreign persons in the United States.

Export control regulations are currently implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Export Administration Regulations* (EAR), the U.S. Department of State through its International Traffic in Arms Regulations* (ITAR), and the U.S. Department of Treasury through its Office of Foreign Assets Control* (OFAC), These laws and regulations are in place for the following reasons: to restrict exports of goods and technology that could contribute to the military potential of U.S. international adversaries; to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; to advance U.S. foreign policy goals; and to protect the U.S. economy and promote trade goals.

*The following United States government agencies oversee export control laws and regulations:

U.S. Commerce Department, Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

Governs commodities, software and technology (or information) (primarily civilian); also includes some sanctions, embargoes and restrictions on transfers to certain end-uses and persons, including terrorists.

U.S. State Department, International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR)

Governs defense articles (including technical data) and defense services (predominately military items and information, including satellites and spacecraft).

U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Maintains trade sanctions, embargoes and restrictions on transfers to certain persons, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers.

Important note: The purpose of this website is to increase awareness of federal laws and export control regulations. The information provided is incomplete and should not be considered legal advice. It is the responsibility of each individual to comply with existing laws and export control regulations.

Form: Temporary Export License Exception Form

Export Requirement Questionnaire

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