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Export control laws are federal regulations that govern how certain information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas to anyone — including U.S. citizens — or to foreign nationals on U.S. soil.

The University of Tennessee is committed to the highest level of compliance with all applicable export control laws and regulations. Penalties for non-compliance with export control laws are severe and impact both the institution and the researcher.

This website is designed to help the university research community understand the impact of these critical compliance responsibilities by providing essential export control information and relating how it applies to the university campus.


Export Control regulations are federal laws that prohibit the unlicensed export of certain commodities or information for reasons of national security or protections of trade. Export controls usually arise for one or more of the following reasons:

What is an Export?

An export is any oral, written, electronic or visual disclosure, shipment, transfer or transmission of commodities, technology, information, technical data, assistance or software codes to

Who is a Foreign National?

A “Foreign National” is any person who is NOT a:

“Foreign Nationals” include:

Why are Certain Exports Controlled?

Exports may be controlled due to any of the following factors:

How are Exports Disclosed?

Exports can be disclosed via the following actions:

Who Governs Export Control Regulations?

The following U.S. governmental agencies determine the polices regarding export control:

For additional information, visit the Laws and Governing Agencies page.

Export Control
Alisha Melton, Excecutive Director
124 Gooch Hall
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238