What is an export?

An export is the actual shipment or transmission of items, services, or technical data subject to either the EAR or the ITAR out of the United States, or the release of technology, software, or technical data subject to either EAR or ITAR to a foreign national in the United States. Technology, software, or technical data is “released” for export through:

  • visual inspection by a foreign national of U.S.-origin equipment and facilities,
  • oral exchanges of information in the United States or abroad,
  • transfer or shipment via any means (physical or electronic) to a foreign entity
  • providing a service, or the application to situations abroad of personal knowledge or technical experience acquired in the United States

See other Export Control Definitions