BIS Export License Requirements

  1. Certain individuals and organizations are prohibited from receiving U.S. exports or may receive only certain licensed goods. If the individual or organization you are shipping to is on BIS’s Denied Parties List or its Entity List, your shipment will require an export license from BIS.
  2. Check the restricted lists at

  3. If you are shipping to Cuba, North Korea, or Syria, please be aware of strict export requirements that may require a license from BIS. (For Iran and Sudan, please see “OFAC License Requirements.”)
  4. For more information, please see “Shipping to Sanctioned Countries.”

  5. If the item you are shipping is on the Commerce Control List (CCL), it might require an export license, depending on the circumstances and destination of your shipment.
  6. Cross reference the CCL against BIS’s Country Chart to determine if a license might be required.
  7. If a license appears to be required based on the destination country and contents, determine if a License Exception is available before applying for a license.

Check the CCL, BIS’s Country Chart, and License Exceptions at For further assistance and information, see

For more information on how to apply for a BIS export license, please see “Applying for a BIS Export License.”

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