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 Import/Export Resources 

Import/Export Resources

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Commerce 

  • The Bureau of Industry and Security - The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and reexport of most commercial items.
  • Bureau of Industry and Security FAQs
  • Basic Guide to Exporting - Information from the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service explaining how to profit from going global.
  • Introduction to the Commerce Department Export Controls - This overview is designed to give people who are new to exporting, and, in particular, new to export controls, a general understanding of our regulations and how to use them
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service - The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists in 107 U.S. cities and in more than 80 countries work with your company to help you get started in exporting or increase your sales to new global markets.
  • International Trade Administration - The defining purpose of the International Trade Administration (ITA) is helping to create economic opportunity for American workers and businesses.
  • U.S. Commercial Service - The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration.

U.S. Department of Defense

Other U.S. Government Guides

  • Executive Order 13637 of March 8, 2013 - Administration of Reformed Export Controls
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control - The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. 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.
  • Interim Defense Acquisition Guidebook
  • International Armaments Cooperation Handbook (5th Edition March 2009)- This handbook is not in itself a policy document, but is based almost entirely upon laws and policy documents. It is an informed view of the current practices and procedures in this complex area. It was developed from inputs from many informed sources, primarily the Office of the Secretary of Defense: OUSD (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics)/International Cooperation and OUSD (Policy)/Technology Security Policy and Counterproliferation.
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Schedule B Export Codes 
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations - Scroll to Subchapter M, Parts 120-130, for an up-to-date version of the ITAR
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. International Trade Commission - The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade.

NDIA Resource

  • Export Reform - A Simple, Easy to Understand Methodology for Transforming the USML into a Positive List written by International Division Member Greg Hill

Non-Government Resources

  • - is a free online resource devoted to the import/export compliance community.
  • International Trade Law News - News, analysis and information on export controls, customs law, the FCPA, antidumping and other international trade issues.  International Trade Law News is edited by Douglas N. Jacobson, Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., Washington, D.C.
  • International Best Practices Project - prepared by MK Technology under the sponsorship of Thales Australia with assistance from Frank Cevasco of Cevasco International, LLC.  This “International Best Practices Project” for the Export of Controlled Material (also known as Export Control Best Practices or ECBP) was produced at the behest of senior career officials of the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and with the enthusiastic support of their counterparts in the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Australian Departments of Defence and of Industry and Resources.

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