Introduction

In considering whether or not a shipment to another country will require an export license, we need to consider both what is being shipped and where it is going.

The lists on this page deal with what is being shipped. (See the lists of export controlled or embargoed countries for guidance about where certain shipments may be sent.)

Items, Information and Software subject to US Export Control Laws and used in a university environment are generally categorized on the following two lists:

Published by the US State Department in its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the US Munitions list addresses items, software and technologies that are primarily defense-related in application.

  • Category I: Firearms, Close Assault Weapons and Combat Shotguns
  • Category II: Materials, Chemicals, Microorganisms, and Toxins
  • Category III: Ammunition/Ordnance
  • Category IV: Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs and Mines
  • Category V: Explosives and Energetic Materials, Propellants, Incendiary Agents and Their Constituents
  • Category VI: Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment
  • Category VII: Tanks and Military Vehicles
  • Category VIII: Aircraft and Associated Equipment
  • Category IX: Military Training Equipment
  • Category X: Protective Personnel Equipment
  • Category XI: Military Electronics
  • Category XII: Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical and Guidance and Control Equipment
  • Category XIII: Auxiliary Military Equipment
  • Category XIV: Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents, and Associated Equipment
  • Category XV: Spacecraft Systems and Associated Equipment
  • Category XVI: Nuclear Weapons, Design and Testing Related Items
  • Category XVII: Classified Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated
  • Category XVIII: Directed Energy Weapons
  • Category XX: Submersible Vessels, Oceanographic and Associated Equipment

Published by the US Commerce Department in its Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Commerce Control List addresses “dual use” items, information and software that are primarily commercial in nature but also have potential military applications.

Links below open the individual sections of the Commerce Control List.

In addition, under the provisions of the international Chemical Weapons Convention, the United States may require special declarations related to chemical shipments under either the ITAR or the EAR.

If you are shipping any equipment, software, biological agents or technology internationally, please complete the Export Control Determination Request to assist in the classification of the item and to confirm that the ultimate recipient is not a prohibited party. When in doubt of whether a determination is necessary, contact export_controls@ncsu.edu.


If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bloomquist by email at export_controls@ncsu.edu or by phone at 919.515.9336.