Controlled Items

Areas of Export Control Items

Below is a general list of particular areas identified on the export control lists. Email the Export Control officer for a more in-depth review to see if a license or license exception is required before export.

  • Chemicals
  • Nanotechnology and materials technologies – e.g., composites and ceramics, various nanotech and sensor programs
  • Advanced computing, microelectronics and telecommunications
  • Information security and encryption
  • Applied physics – e.g., lasers and directed energy systems
  • Sensors, sensor technology, imaging
  • Advanced avionics and navigation (DOC), and space-related technologies and prototypes
  • Marine technologies
  • Sophisticated machine tool technologies and bearings
  • Robotics
  • Items or technology specially developed for the military


Export Control Lists

Export controlled items and technologies are identified in a variety of lists maintained by federal regulating bodies. Email the Export Control office to help determine if items are covered.

Export Administration Regulations Commerce Control List of Dual Use Export Controlled Technologies
International Traffic in Arms Regulations United States Munitions List
Department of Energy Part 810
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Part 110 Nuclear Material & Equipment


Trade Embargoes

The U.S. government maintains trade embargoes through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). If traveling to, shipping to or collaborating with researchers in an embargoed country, email the Export Control office to review licensing requirements.

Varying levels of embargoes are in place for the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria or the Balkans, Belarus, Burma (Myanmar), Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Zimbabwe.


Economic Sanctions Lists

The United States and many other countries around the world use economic sanctions along with other export and import restrictions to further its national policies, protect its National Security and to comply with International Treaties. These sanctions periodically change so it is necessary to review the current lists of sanctions posted by the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce as well as the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). It is critical to check both the Commerce Department Comprehensive Sanctions List at 15 Code of Federal Regulations §746.1 as well as the list of OFAC sanctions prior to travel or engagement with foreign entities or colleagues.


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