Most exports do not require government licenses. However, licenses are required for exports that the U.S. government considers “license controlled” under the following:


The Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) which covers [15 CFR 730-774]:

The Commerce Control List (Short Version):


The Department of State’s International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) (also known as the U.S. Munitions List) covers defense-related items and services [22 CFR 120-130]:

The United States Munitions List (Short Version)


The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions that have been imposed against specific countries based on reasons of foreign policy, national security, or international agreements. Full descriptions of all countries currently subject to boycott programs are available on the OFAC website. OFAC covers [31 CFR §§500-599]:

OFAC Sanctions:

For additional information, visit the Licenses and Exclusions page.