An export license grants permission to conduct a certain type of export transaction. It is issued by the appropriate government agency (either the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) or the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)) after review of the facts surrounding the proposed export transaction.
Only a small number of exports require an export license from the U.S. government. Licensing determinations are made based on the individual transaction, but the characteristics of the product or technology will determine if a license is needed. If the product or technology is a defense article or service and found on the U.S. Munitions List (USML), an export license from the U.S. Department of State is required.
If the product or technology is not on the USML, the commodity must be classified and an Export Classification Control Number (ECCN) determined. Whether the commodity needs an export license will be determined based on the reason for control and the country of destination or end use.
Global Trade Expertise can assist exporters with determining whether their commodities require an export license prior to export from the United States. We can also assist exporters in applying for export licenses from the appropriate government agency.