Destination Control Statement (DCS)
Under both the Export Administration Regulations (regulated by the Bureau of Industry & Security) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (regulated by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls), exports are legally required to state that the goods being exported are destined for the country indicated on all shipping documents. This statement is called the Destination Control Statement (DCS) and is as follows and must be included on the Commercial Invoice:
“These items are controlled by the U.S. Government and authorized for export only to the country of ultimate destination for use by the ultimate consignee or end-user(s) herein identified. They may not be resold, transferred, or otherwise disposed of, to any other country or to any person other than the authorized ultimate consignee or end-user(s), either in their original form or after being incorporated into other items, without first obtaining approval from the U.S. government or as otherwise authorized by U.S. law and regulations.”
- The DCS is required on all exports in a tangible form which require an export license except for the shipments being made under License Exception BAG (Baggage) or GFT (Gift Parcels and Humanitarian Donations).
- While the exports of items designated as EAR99 do not require the use of the DCS on the Commercial Invoice, it is nonetheless a good practice to use the DCS on export shipments.
- For additional information related to the Destination Control Statement please refer to part 758.6 of the Export Administration Regulations.