Key Export Regulators and Regulations

United States Export Controls are a complex framework of regulations that restrict items that could:

  • contribute to military capabilities of rivals
  • prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological, chemical)
  • ensure compliance with trade agreements and economic sanctions
  • prevent terrorism
  • maintain economic competitiveness
  • prevent foreign influence and interference

Failure to comply with export regulations is punishable by civil penalties and/or criminal penalties, including incarceration.

The three main regulators include:

Other U.S. government agencies may have additional oversight over movement of specific items such as: the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in relation to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nuclear equipment and materials.

Anti-Boycott laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) also apply to international activities as well as Conflict of Interests.

  • Anti-Boycott laws prohibit U.S. persons from participating in boycotts that are inconsistent with U.S. foreign policy. This includes but is not limited to the Arab League boycott of Israel. Since receiving a request to agree to participate in an unauthorized boycott must be reported to the U.S. government, University personnel must contact RSCP immediately if such language is encountered.
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act establishes anti-bribery provisions that prohibit corrupt payments to foreign officials for obtaining/retaining business or securing improper advantage.Please see the U.S Foreign Corrupt Practices Act training material for more information.

Contact Export Control

Mevin Torres

Melvin Torres

Export Control Officer

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