These pages will walk you through a series of "Yes" or "No" questions, leading to a determination of whether or not an export control license is applicable to any particular situation. Remember that export controls may apply when an item, information or software is being sent outside US borders, or when it is being shared with "foreign persons or entities" in the US.
You may find it useful to note that export controls are frequently, but not exclusively, associated with items, information or software within the following general areas:
The questions in this Decision Tree use terminology derived from the regulations of the US Departments of State, Commerce and Treasury. These questions ask about sharing, shipping, transmitting or transferring any items, information or software. Violations of these export control regulations can lead to significant civil and criminal penalties.
- ITEMS refers to any tangible things, equipment or hardware.
- INFORMATION can include technical data such as models, formulae, engineering designs and specifications, or technical assistance such as training or instruction.
- SOFTWARE refers to a collection of one or more computer programs or microprograms in either source code (programming statements) or object code (machine-readable instructions).
As you go through these questions, you may have additional questions of your own. If so, please contact Scott Fong, Research Administration and Compliance, email@example.com, 643-7631.
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