Licenses

ITAR

If an item is ITAR-controlled and no exemptions apply, it will need an ITAR license to ship out of the country, unless an exemption applies (there are about 60 exemptions, distributed among at least four parts of the ITAR). The application for an ITAR license is a detailed summary of what the item is, who will be using it and for what, the identities of individuals and entities who will have custody on its way to the end user, its value, and other information. Once submitted, it can take 14-60 days to receive a license. 

EAR

If an item is EAR-controlled, it may need a license to ship out of the country based on its ECCN, destination country, the end user and the end use, unless an exception applies. The application for an EAR license is a detailed summary of what the item is, who will be using it and for what, the identities of individuals and entities who will have custody on its way to the end user, its value, and other information. Once submitted, it can take 14-60 days to receive a license.

  • When making an EAR shipment of low-tech items, and the ECCN, destination country, end user and end use have been determined, work with the forwarder/broker or use a package delivery service's online tool to determine whether a license is needed. If it is, consult the Export Control Officer to start the application process.
  • Otherwise, consult the Export Control Officer to determine whether a license is needed and start the application process if needed.