U.S. Export Controls

The U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Homeland Security, Treasury, Defense, and Energy each play a critical role in export control and nonproliferation activities both within the United States and outside its borders. Below you will find links to relevant information describing the activities and efforts each department (and subsequent bureaus within the departments) is conducting and making toward increased security.

U.S. Export Administration Regulations - Links to important EAR information for exporters. 


U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls - Advancing national strategic objectives and U.S. foreign policy goals through timely enforcement of defense trade controls and the formulation of defense trade policy.

U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation - Leading U.S. efforts to prevent the spread of WMD -- whether nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological -- and their delivery systems; to secure nuclear materials in the states of the former Soviet Union; and to promote nuclear safety and the protection of nuclear materials worldwide.

U.S. Department of Commerce 

U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security - Advancing U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests.

Introduction to Commerce Department's Export Controls - Overview of the Bureau of Industry and Security's Recent Efforts to Streamline and Strengthen Export Controls

U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation’s border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security, and preventing acts of terrorism by targeting the people, money, and materials that support terrorist and criminal activities.

Project Shield America - Obtaining the assistance and cooperation of companies involved in the manufacture, sale, and export of strategic technology and munitions items of U.S. origin.

Export Enforcement Coordination Center - The Center strengthens the enforcement of U.S. export laws through the facilitation of partner agency communication and collaboration to keep our nation safe. HSI, as part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), manages and operates the Export Enforcement Coordination Center.

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection - Employing multiple strategies and the latest technology to accomplish its goals, CBP's initiatives are designed to protect the homeland from acts of terrorism, and reduce the vulnerability to the threat of terrorists through a multi-level inspection process.

Container Security Initiative - Increasing security for containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world.

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism - Building cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security through joint government-business initiatives.

U.S. Department of Treasury

Office of Foreign Assets Controls - Administering and enforcing economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

U.S. Department of Defense

Defense Threat Reduction Agency - Safeguarding America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction by reducing the present threat and preparing for future threats.

U.S. Department of Energy

National Nuclear Security Administration - Enhancing United States national security through the military application of nuclear energy.