U.S. export control information and resources

U.S. Export Controls



Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC):
The Department of State is responsible for the export and temporary import of defense articles and services governed by 22 U.S.C. 2778 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and Executive Order 13637. The International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR," 22 CFR 120-130) implements the AECA.

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

CJ Final Determinations

The purpose of a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) request is to determine whether a commodity or service is covered by the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and therefore subject to export controls administered by the U.S. Department of State pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). If after reviewing the USML and other relevant parts of the ITAR, in particular ITAR §120.3, §120.4, and §121.1(b), you are unsure of the export jurisdiction of a commodity or service, you should request a CJ determination.

Guidelines for preparing Agreements-DDTC

A U.S. person to provide a defense service to a foreign person, an authorization to manufacture defense articles abroad, or to establish a distribution point abroad for defense articles of U.S. origin for subsequent distribution to foreign persons.

Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce

Division of the US Department of Commerce's mission is to protect U.S. foreign policy and economic interests in case of sensitive exports to hostile entities: items that have both commercial and military or proliferation applications, exports submitted to license, restricted destinations (embargoed countries, countries designated as supporting terrorist activities), etc., under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Export Administration Regulations

Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)

A key in determining whether an export license is needed from the Department of Commerce is finding out if the item you intend to export has a specific Export Control Classification Number (ECCN). ECCNs are five character alpha-numeric designations used on the Commerce Control List (CCL) to identify dual-use items for export control purposes.

Guidance to re-exports

Guidance on reexports/transfers (in-country) of U.S.-origin items or non-U.S.-made items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

Encryption and Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC):
OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.  The OFAC website provides information on these sanctions, the complete list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the "SDN List"), and other sanctions lists administered by OFAC.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of International Programs:
Licenses nuclear material and equipment.

Department of Energy, Office of Fuels Programs:
Licenses natural gas.

Defense Technology Security Administration:
The Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) administers the development and implementation of Department of Defense (DoD) technology security policies on international transfers of defense-related goods, services and technologies.

Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control:
Oversees the export of controlled substances and the import and export of listed chemicals used in the production of control substances under the Controlled Substances Act.

U.S. Export Controls for Space Industry pdf

Export Control Reform: Spacecraft/Satellites pdf