Country Guidance

The country of ultimate destination is a key factor in determining license requirements administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). BIS maintains the Commerce Country Chart to use in conjunction with other portions of the EAR to determine whether a license is required.  Please review Part 732 of the EARfor additional information on how to use the EAR, including the Commerce Country Chart.

As a service to the exporting community, BIS maintains country-specific webpages for Hong Kong, Iraq, and sanctioned destinations (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria). The corresponding country pages are intended to assist exporters and reexports with determining the export and reexport requirements pursuant to the EAR. However, the webpages are not comprehensive and do not serve as replacements for the EAR.

Exporters and reexporters should be aware that other U.S. Government agencies administer regulations that could also impact their export or reexport transactions. For example, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) also implements certain sanctions against Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Exporters and reexporters are responsible for complying with all applicable regulatory requirements.