Exporting Basics: U.S. Export Regulations
Do I need a license to take my laptop and professional equipment overseas?
The U.S. Government typically does not restrict travelers from taking laptops out of the country for personal business use. However, some equipment, including some high-speed or encrypted laptop computers, do require an export license from the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS). Also, some technical materials, sophisticated equipment, and goods taken to certain countries will need a license. If you are unsure whether or not an export license is required for your laptop or other materials, we advise you contact BIS (202-482-4811).
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