Frequently Asked Questions

Export Licenses: General Regulatory/Licensing FAQs

What is an ECCN; how do I find one for my commodity?

The Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) categorizes the items covered by the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR), based on the type of equipment, technology or software, and the technical capabilities. This number is used to determine if an export license is required or which license exception is applicable. An on-line list of the ECCNs is available and can also be found in the Code of Federal Regulations. (15CFR Part 774). For questions about ECCNs and license codes, contact the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) at (202) 482-4811. You may ask BIS to provide you with the correct Export ECCN for your item. BIS will advise you whether or not your item is subject to the EAR. This type of request is commonly referred to as a "Classification Request".

You must submit your Classification Request using Form BXA-748P or its electronic equivalent. Classification Requests must be sent to BIS or submitted electronically. Be certain that your request is complete and does not omit any essential information. Each Classification Request must be limited to 5 items. Exceptions may be granted by BIS on a case-by-case basis for several related items if the relationship between the items is satisfactorily substantiated in the request. Classification requests must be supported by any descriptive literature, brochures, precise technical specifications or papers that describe the items in sufficient technical detail to enable classification by BIS.

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