The Bureau of Industry and Security is charged with the development, implementation and interpretation of U.S. export control policy for dual-use commodities, software, and technology. Dual-use items subject to BIS regulatory jurisdiction have predominantly commercial uses, but also have military applications. In order to accomplish this objective, BIS seeks to promulgate clear, concise, and timely regulations. This section of our Web site provides a link to the Bureau's regulations governing exports of dual-use items . It also provides discussions of certain key regulatory policy areas, including policies governing exports of high performance computers, exports of encryption products, deemed exports, U.S. antiboycott regulations, special regional considerations, the multilateral export control regimes, and the technical advisory committees.
In addition to the U.S. export control policy for dual-use items, the Bureau of Industry and Security is also charged with the development, implementation and interpretation of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Act. The antiboycott provisions encourage, and in some cases require, U.S. persons to refuse to participate in foreign boycotts that the United States does not sanction. U.S. persons are also required to report receipt of boycott-related requests.
Export Administration Regulations
The Government Printing Office's Export Administration Regulation Web site contains an up-to-date database of the entire Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including the Commerce Control List, the Commerce Country Chart, and a link to the Denied Persons List. EAR revisions are incorporated into this site within 48-72 hours and the EAR can be viewed, downloaded, and searched. This Web site also includes a table with all the Federal Register notices that revise the text of the EAR since its complete revision on March 25, 1996. In addition, users can subscribe to GPO's paper version of the EAR from this Web site. Lastly, users can e-mail the Regulatory Policy Division directly from this Web site, to get answers to general questions about the EAR. Users can also attach a properly formatted advisory opinion ( and forward it to BIS by e-mail.
The NTIS EAR Marketplace Web site also offers an up-to-date searchable EAR database and files that are downloadable and viewable. In addition, the EAR Marketplace has a combined, downloadable and searchable version of the Denied Persons List, the Entity List, the Debarred List, and the Specially Designated Nationals List. Subscribers to the EAR on-line database are notified by email whenever a change occurs to any of these lists. The EAR Marketplace also includes a table with all the Federal Register notices that revise the text of the EAR since its complete revision on March 25, 1996. In addition, NTIS offers a loose leaf/paper version of the EAR, which can be ordered on-line.