What is Export Controls Compliance?

Export Controls Compliance Definition

Export control is an area of legislation that regulates the export of goods, software, and technology. Some items could be potentially useful for purposes that are contrary to the interest of the exporting country. In the United States, export controls compliance refers to the need to adhere to U.S. laws and regulations that regulate and restrict the release of crucial technologies, information, and/or services to foreign nationals, both within and outside of the U.S., along with foreign countries, for reasons of foreign policy and national security.

What is a Export Controls Compliance


What are the export control compliance requirements?

Any technical data deemed controlled by ITAR or EAR must be under export control. This means that:

  • ITAR- and EAR-regulated data must remain in the U.S. and be accessible only to U.S. citizens/U.S. green cardholders
  • In-transit and at-rest data must be encrypted
  • Access to any platform containing regulated product data must be controlled and restricted to U.S. persons

*Source: ITAR and EAR Compliance

What is the purpose of export controls?

The U.S. export control laws and regulations are intended to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, advance U.S. economic interests domestically and abroad, assist with regional stability, establish anti-terrorism and crime controls, and protect human rights.

*Source: https://www.tradecompliance.pitt.edu

What is covered by export control regulations?

For reasons of foreign policy and national security, export controls are U.S. laws and regulations that limit and restrict the distribution of key technologies, information, and services to foreign nationals, both within and outside the U.S., and to foreign countries.

*Source: https://www.mtu.edu


Learn more about export controls. This webinar provides a basic awareness of export controls and some of the elements inherent in an export compliance program.