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U.S. Export Controls

Includes the U.S. government export controls that companies need to abide by when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2019-10-13
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The Export Administration Regulations are responsible for managing the export and re-export of some commercial items, including “production” and “development” technology.
The items that BIS regulates are often referred to as “dual use” since they have both commercial and military applications.  Further information on export controls is available at: BIS Exporting Controls

BIS Enforcement
BIS has developed a list of “red flags,” or warning signs, intended to discover possible violations of the EAR. The list can be found in the “Know Your Customer”  guidance document.

If there is reason to believe a violation is taking place or has occurred, report it to the Department of Commerce by calling the 24-hour hotline at +1(800) 424-2980, or via the confidential lead page at: BIS Reporting Violations 

The EAR does not control all goods, services, and technologies. Other U.S. government agencies regulate more specialized exports. For example, the U.S. Department of State has authority over defense articles and services. A list of other agencies involved in export control can be found on the BIS website.

It is important to note that in August 2009 a broad-based interagency review of the U.S. export control system was initiated. The goal of this review was to strengthen national security and preserve the competitiveness of key U.S. manufacturing and technology sectors by focusing on current threats, as well as adapting to the changing economic and technological landscape. As a result, the Administration launched the Export Control Reform Initiative (ECR Initiative) which is designed to enhance U.S. national security and strengthen the United States’ ability to counter threats such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The reform is being implemented in three phases. Phases I and II reconcile various definitions, regulations, and policies for export controls, all the while building toward Phase III, which will create a single control list, single licensing agency, unified information technology system, and enforcement coordination center. 

For additional information on ECR
BIS provides a variety of training sessions to U.S. exporters throughout the year. These sessions range from one to two-day seminars and focus on the basics of exporting as well as more advanced topics. A list of upcoming seminars
For further details about the Bureau of Industry and Security and its programs, please visit the BIS website.