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Japan: U.S. Export Controls

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Japan: U.S. Export Controls

Postby bridgat » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:27 am

In the post-9/11, Madrid and London bombings environment, it is more important than ever to ascertain that items being exported from the United States are cleared to be sent to a given country and, if not, to be flagged before they are shipped.

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for implementing and enforcing those regulations involving the export and re-export of most commercial items.

The items BIS regulates are often referred to as “dual-use” items—those having both commercial and military or proliferation applications. However, even purely commercial items without an obvious military use are also subject to Export Administration (EAR) Regulations.

Following is a brief discussion of U.S. export controls, along with a list of several websites that further elaborate on those U.S. export controls and the circumstances under which they apply.

General Guidelines

How to determine if you need an export license: Relatively few U.S. exports and re-exports require an export license. License requirements depend upon:
· The item’s technical characteristics
· The destination
· The end-user
· The end-use

A key element in determining whether or not a Commerce Department export license is needed is knowing if the intended export item has a specific Export Control Classification Number (ECCN).

All ECCNs are listed in the Commerce Control List (CCL) (Supplement No. 1 to Part 774 of the EAR) which is available on the Government Printing Office (GPO) web site.

If your item is not on the Commerce Control List it will often not require a license. However, if it is intended for an embargoed country or end-user of concern, a license may be required. For counseling assistance you may wish to contact a BIS export counselor at 202-482-4811 (Washington, D.C.) or at 949-660-0144 (California).

Guidelines for Japan

As an active member of various international export control regimes, Japan enjoys the least restrictive treatment under U.S. export control law. Please note, Japanese firms are engaged in business activities with countries against which the United States currently has embargoes. As a result, U.S. exporters are encouraged to conduct thorough research and background checks pertaining to any potential sale of controlled or sensitive items to Japan.

U.S. Export Control-Related Websites

For the latest in U.S. export and re-export control regulations, please contact the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at

For defense-related articles, contact the Department of State Office of Defense Trade Controls at

For current U.S. embargo information, contact the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control at
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