Shipping or sending anything—this includes tangible items (laptops, cell phones, equipment, samples, paper documents, etc.) and intangible products (training, know-how, files, data, etc.)—to a destination outside the U.S. is an export, regardless of whether the item is sold, used for research, loaned, or donated, even if only outside of the U.S. temporarily.
Before you export your item(s), please conduct the following review:
- What is the item, product, or information? Is the export controlled by the Export Administration Regulations or International Traffic in Arms Regulations?
- What is the destination country? Is it an embargoed or sanctioned country?
- Does the shipment require a license or the use of a license exception to ship to the destination country or end-user?
- Who is the end-user, and is that user a restricted party on a U.S. Government export or trade sanctions list?
- What is the intended end-use, and is that use prohibited?
International shipping must comply with export control laws and regulations. All IU personnel who engage in international shipping are responsible for ensuring compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations. You may be required to obtain a license from the federal government for your export. Shipping without obtaining the appropriate license or other government approval, or failing to file accurate export or shipping documentation, may result in the confiscation of the shipped items, fines, and/or jail time.
IU is the shipper of record regardless of who prepares the forms (FedEx, UPS, DHL, or the customs broker). The freight forwarder cannot be relied on for IU export control compliance. The freight forwarder relies on the information provided to them by IU.
The Office of Research Compliance is charged with determining whether an export license is required. The Export Control Specialist will assist you in evaluating the need for a license and in preparing and filing export and shipping documentation. In circumstances where the need for a license is unclear or undetermined, the Office of Research Compliance will decide whether to pursue a license.