Embargoed and Sanctioned Countries

  • Embargoes sanctions (Crimea - Region of Ukraine, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria) prohibit ALL transactions (including imports and exports) without a license authorization.
  • Targeted sanctions prohibit certain exports of items, data and/or software without a license authorization.

U.S. Regulations and Agencies

U.S. Department of the Treasury office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions Programs and Country Information

U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Part 746 embargoes  and restricted entity list on the EAR Entity Chart

U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) list of proscribed countries. Be aware that the Department of State maintains a separate list of countries subject to regulations related to the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR). See the Key Export Regulators and Regulations page to learn more.

Seek Guidance First

  • Restricted Party Screenings (RPS): If you are dealing with a country subject to restrictions with specific parties, you are required to share with Export Control the names of all individuals and entities involved. Export Control can screen against lists of restricted parties to ensure compliance with sanctions regulations.
  • Export Licenses: If you are contemplating activities in countries subject to import, export, or travel restrictions, contact Export Control at exports@uark.edu so that a license determination may be made. Please plan in advance as license determinations by the Federal Government can take months or longer.

If your transaction/export involves an embargoed or sanctioned country, please contact Export Control at exports@uark.edu prior to proceeding and with as much advance notice as possible.

Matrix of Countries and Regulatory Requirements:


15 CFR 746 - website

15 CFR 744 - website


22 CFR 126.1 - website


Regs & E.O. - website

Embargoed countries

Cuba, Iran, Syria.

(a) Prohibited countries: 
Belarus, Burma, Cuba, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela.

(c) U.N. Arms Embargoed countries: 

Central African Republic, Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea,  Somalia, Sudan

Embargoed countries: 

Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Crimea and covered regions of Ukraine**  

Targeted sanctions countries: 

Crimea and covered regions of Ukraine**, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Russian and Belarusian industry sector.  

(f) to (w) special policy :
Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Haiti, Libya, Russia, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan

Targeted sanctions countries: 

Afghanistan, Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine/Russia, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Military End-Use/End-User licensing requirements: 

People's Republic of China



Prohibited Parties:

- Denied Parties List

- Entity List

- Unverified List 

- Military End User List

- Consolidated Screening List

Prohibited Parties:

- Debarred List

- Munitions E.C. Order


Prohibited Parties:

- Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN)


Proliferation activities

Other Red Flags

Proliferation activities

Other Red Flags

Other Red Flags



Prohibited Party Screening (also known as Restricted Party Screening or Denied Party Screening)

The University of Arkansas uses a special software that screens for all Prohibited Parties. Please contact Export Control at exports@uark.edu to screen for Prohibited Parties using this software.

Red Flags

The U.S. export regulations prohibit proceeding with any transaction if the exporter detects something suspicious or that indicates an illegal activity might occur. In such case, the exporter is required to investigate and clear the red flags before proceeding. BIS provides a list of Red Flag indicators.

EEI Filings

Revisions to EEI Filing Requirements Pursuant to Revisions to Section 744.21 (China/Russia/Venezuela military end use/end user rule)

The Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing requirement for items subject to Supplement No. 2 to Part 744 destined for China (including Hong Kong), Russia, and Venezuela became effective on June 29, 2020. 

EEI filing for exports and shipping/hand carrying to China (including Hong Kong), Russia or Venezuela of items controlled by Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) not listed in Supplement No. 2 to Part 744 became effective on September 27, 2020.

Computing Devices Destined to China, Russia, and Venezuela

You must make an EEI filing for all computing devices that are shipped, hand carried, or in any way destined to China (including Hong Kong), Russia, and Venezuela.

News and Alerts


On November 2014, the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to impose license requirements on the export, re-export, or transfer (in-country) of certain items to or within Venezuela when intended for a "military end use" or "military end user."


Please contact the Export Control Officer prior to engaging in any type of export (including temporary export such as travels with equipment) with Russia, Crimea, and the occupied regions of Ukraine.**

As part of a series of sanctions announced by the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it is expanding its export restrictions on items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in response to Russia’s continued actions in southern and eastern Ukraine.

Effective immediately, BIS will deny pending applications for licenses to export or re-export any high technology item subject to the EAR to Russia or occupied Crimea that contribute to Russia’s military capabilities. In addition, the Department is taking actions to revoke any existing export licenses which meet these conditions. All other pending applications and existing licenses will receive a case-by-case evaluation to determine their contribution to Russia’s military capabilities.
The United States will continue to adjust its export licensing policies toward Russia as warranted by Russia’s actions in Ukraine. We urge Russia to honor the commitments it made in Geneva on April 17 to deescalate the situation in Ukraine.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).
**Because of the rapidly changing geopolitical situation in southern and eastern Ukraine, please contact Export Control for the most up-to-date guidance. 
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