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Import/Export Resources

U.S. Department of State

  • U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls - The U.S. Government views the sale, export, and re-transfer of defense articles and defense services as an integral part of safeguarding U.S. national security and furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives. The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2778-2780 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Parts 120-130), is charged with controlling the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions List (USML).

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.
  • 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

  • Office of Undersecretary of Defense - Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics - OUSD (AT&L)
  • Defense Acquisition University - A corporate university for the Defense Acquisition Workforce
  • Office of International Cooperation - The Director, IC supports the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) in all aspects of international cooperation, develops policy for international cooperative armaments programs, and provides the Under Secretary a single, integrated picture of international cooperative activities. International Armaments Cooperation (IAC) activities occur in all phases of the defense acquisition management framework -- pre-systems acquisition, systems acquisition and sustainments -- and include capability determination, technology development, system development, production, and operations and support.

Other U.S. Government Guides

NDIA Resource

  • Export Reform (PDF) - 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 (PDF) - 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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