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Overview of Export Control Regulations

Overview of Export Control Regulations, Agencies and Statues

Federal export controls are accomplished primarily through the Export Administration Regulations (EAR, implemented by the Department of Commerce for items that have both a commercial and potential military use) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR, implemented by the Department of State for military items and defense services). The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions to protect foreign policy and national security goals.

The export control regulations most frequently encountered by the university research community are the following:


 Other Links

  • Lists to Check via U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
  • EAR

Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR §§730-774

EAR Commodity Control List (CCL), 15 CFR §774, Supp. 1 (PDF) -- A listing of the goods and related technology subject to the EAR.

EAR CCL Alphabetical Index (PDF)

EAR CCL Short List (PDF)

EAR "Deemed Export Q&A"

"Steps for Using the EAR," 15 CFR §732 (PDF)

Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce -- Regulates goods and technologies subject to the EAR.

  • ITAR

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR §§120-130

ITAR US Munitions List (USML), 22 CFR §121.1  -- A listing of defense articles, defense services, and related technical data subject to ITAR.

ITAR Short List 

Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, US Department of State -- Controls the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services subject to ITAR.

  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) -- Administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international drug traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

OFAC Boycotted Countries List

OFAC List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List

  • Universities Leading the Way in Export Control Compliance

MIT Export Control Resources

Stanford Export Control Resources

University of Pennsylvania

University of Maryland Export Control Guidance

 Last Modified 7/22/13