Provides a summary of various export control agencies in the United States
Last Published: 10/21/2016


Agency with Oversight


Responsibility of Exporter


Export Administration Regulation (EAR)

Department of Commerce-Bureau of Industry and Security, State Department

Dual use products
Export of goods and could compromise national security

Check denied parties lists;
Determine ECCN if needed;
Apply for license if needed

BIS Department of Commerce
For Bureau of Industry and Security for ECCN Number Lookup

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

Department of Commerce-Bureau of Industry and Security, State Department, US Military

Control the sales of items used for military purposes

Check whether your products for export are on the US Munitions List (USML) 
Determine if a license is needed for your product
Contact your local Export Assistance Center

US Department of State Website
US Munitions List (USML) Part 121 ITAR 
Export Assistance Center

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

Department of Treasury

Economic and trade sanctions based on US 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.

OFAC is not a regulator and therefore cannot require your bank to establish any compliance procedures. However, all US persons must comply with OFAC regulations. OFAC encourages all exporters to maintain a rigorous risk-based compliance program.

For licenses related to agricultural and medical products, please visit:

For licenses related to any other type of transaction, please see:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Department of Energy

Regulates nuclear material, propulsion equipment, power plants. Formulates policies and directs the activities of the program offices 

There are General and Specific Licensing required for nuclear proliferation, chemical or biological equipment for all Individual US Exporters. 

Export Regulations

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