The U.S. export regulations restrict imports and exports to certain destinations without U.S. Government authorization (which includes an export license, general license, exemption, or license exception).

  • Most activities with embargoed sanctioned countries will need a license - Please work with the Export Compliance Officer well in advance of planning any interaction.

  • Embargoed sanctioned countries (currently CUBA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, and SYRIA) prohibit ALL transactions (including imports, exports, and financial transactions) without a license authorization.
  • Targeted sanctions prohibit certain exports of items, technical data and/or software without a license authorization.

Step-by-step review:

  1. Consult the Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions programs for any international transaction/activity (shipments, travels, visitors, etc.). For the most current countries information, please visit the U.S. Department of Treasury website.
  2. Consult the lists below of countries the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have additional controls or restrictions.


If your transaction involves an embargoed, sanctioned, or otherwise controlled/restricted country, please contact the Export Controls and International Compliance Office prior to proceeding and with as much advance notice as possible.


15 CFR 746 - website


22 CFR 126.1 - website


Regs & E.O. - website

Embargoed countries:

Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria.




(a) Prohibited countries: Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela.

(c) U.N. Arms Embargoed countries:

Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zimbabwe.


Embargoed countries:

Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria.




Targeted sanctions countries:

Crimea, Donetsk, & Luhansk - Regions of Ukraine, Iraq, Russian and Belarusian industry sector.



(f) to (w) special policy :
Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Libya, Russia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan.

Targeted sanctions countries:

Balkans, Belarus, Myanmar (Burma), Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine/Russia, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Military End-Use/End-User licensing requirements:

Burma, Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Russia* and Venezuela*.




Prohibited Parties:

- Denied Parties List

- Entity List

- Unverified List

- Military End User (MEU) List

Prohibited Parties:

- Debarred Parties List



Prohibited Parties:

- Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN)


Proliferation activities

Other Red Flags

Proliferation activities

Other Red Flags

Other Red Flags