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U.S. Export Regulations

Can I export my product?

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. Read more to Understand U.S. Export Controls and Dual Use Items and the China Dual-Use Export Regulation, Validated End User Requirement.

Can I export my product to a particular country or person?

In addition to reviewing BIS Denied Persons List and Unverified Lists, 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 oversees the Specially Designated Nationals List.

How does the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act apply?

U.S. exporters must comply with the Department of Justice’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits payments to foreign government officials for the purpose of influencing decisions in a manner that may favor the U.S. company’s commercial interests such as awarding contracts, issuing business licenses, issuing safety and quality certifications, customs valuation, or import license approval.

Other Regulations

Wassenaar Arrangement, Export Controls for conventional arms and dual use goods and technologies.

Bioterrorism Act of 2002 http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html

Exporting Endangered or Protected Species: Information is available from the International Affairs Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Transparency and Anti-Bribery Initiatives

How can I learn more?

View a schedule of BIS training opportunities, including seminars, recording webinars, and more.

A list of Export Regulations Seminars (nationwide) hosted by officials from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection is available here.

Watch a 60-min briefing on Understanding Export Controls featuring BIS and OFAC.