Export Control (EC)

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The Importance of Export Control

Don’t be surprised to learn that you may already be an Exporter! Have you ever travelled internationally for business? Have you collaborated with a foreign national in the USA or abroad? Do you work with foreign nationals, in-person or remotely? These are only a few of the many activities which may cause you to export to a foreign country even if it is done unintentionally.

Export Control Regulations require that all US Persons including all members of Rutgers University, prevent the export (sharing) of certain materials and information with certain foreign persons, unless a license (permission) from the U.S. Government is obtained, or an exclusion applies. Rutgers Export Control will assist you in determining what you are allowed to share and with whom. 

***View list of common export-controlled activities.

Failure to comply with applicable export control regulations may result in denial of export privileges, imprisonment, fines and/or other penalties levied by the U.S. Federal Government against the University and the individual directly. 


Ask Yourself 

The Rutgers Export Control Department will need the following information to assist you in determining if your activities are covered under Export Control Regulations: 

WHO Is Involved? 

Identify the company, end user, University, Visitor, Colleague, etc. 

WHAT Are You Doing? 

When sharing the details of your travel plan, include what are you bringing with you, what are you researching, what materials you are using in your project, whether you are shipping an item, etc. 

WHERE Are You Or The Data Going? 

Which country(s)? All countries being visited, not just the starting destination.

WHEN Will You Conduct Your Activity? 

You must allow time to get approval before your activity commences. You may need to wait several months (as the US government processes your license request), if a license is required. 

WHY Are You Doing The Activity? 

Identify the purpose of your activity? (Conference, research, collaboration, etc.).

Export Control Regulations Support Rutgers Researchers

Some examples include:

  • Protecting your intellectual property and propriety research from being taken by foreign nationals through espionage (spying to obtain information). 
  • Preventing dangerous materials, technology, chemicals, and toxins from getting into the hands of those that are security threats to the United States. 
  • Discouraging others from violating Export Control laws by holding them personally responsible with fines and jail time, regardless of whether they were working under the direction of an institution or organization. 
  • Fulfilling requirements of federal grants which require compliance with Export Control Regulations. 


Please reach out the Export Control Group, with any questions. Export Control regulations are complex and they change frequently! 

Contact Rutgers University Export Control.