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Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS)

Export Administration Regulations (EAR) 2016


About EAR

These regulations are issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) under laws relating to the control of certain exports, reexports, and activities. In addition, the EAR implement anti-boycott law provisions requiring regulations to prohibit specified conduct by United States persons that has the effect of furthering or supporting boycotts fostered or imposed by a country against a country friendly to United States.

The export control provisions of the EAR are intended to serve the national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation, and short supply interests of the United States and, in some cases, to carry out its international obligations. Some controls are designed to restrict access to dual use items by countries or persons that might apply such items to uses inimical to U.S. interests. The EAR also include some export controls to protect the United States from the adverse impact of the unrestricted export of commodities in short supply. View additional information about EAR.

The EAR offers authoritative guidance on issues such as:

  • When is an export license necessary and when is it not?
  • How do you obtain an export license?
  • What policies are followed in considering license applications?
  • How do you know when the policies change?
  • What are the latest restrictions on exports to certain countries and certain types of goods and services?
  • Where are restrictive trade practices and boycotts prohibited?
  • If necessary, where can you obtain further help?


Online Web Database

Subscribers can perform searches in an online database to precisely locate the information they need. With the online EAR, there's no wading through endless volumes of text. Best of all, the database contains the most current EAR information available. Subscribers are informed by e-mail each time the EAR or Prohibited Parties Lists are updated. New and/or revised regulations are incorporated into the database following BIS update notification.

Annual 1-User Subscription Price: $350 
Order number: SUB-8780

Annual Unlimited-User Subscription Price: $3,275 
Order number: SUB-9927

Bonus: The Consolidated Screening List is an added feature. It allows you to screen your export order prior to shipment against six government lists of prohibited parties with just a single keyword search. If a company, entity or person on the list appears to match a party in your export transaction, additional due diligence is needed. There may be a strict export prohibition, license requirement, or end-use or user evaluation requirement.

These lists are:

Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry and Security

  • Denied Persons List - Individuals and entities that have been denied export privileges. Any dealings with a party on this list that would violate the terms of its denial order are prohibited.
  • Unverified List - The presence of a party on this list in a transaction is a “Red Flag” that should be resolved before proceeding with the transaction.
  • Entity List - Parties whose presence can trigger a license requirement. The list specifies the license requirements and policy that apply to each listed party.

Department of State – Bureau of International Security and Non-proliferation

  • Nonproliferation Sanctions - Parties that have been sanctioned under various statutes.

Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

  • AECA Debarred List – Entities and individuals prohibited from participating at all in the export of defense articles, including technical data and defense services. It includes persons subject to statutory or administrative debarment.

Department of the Treasury – Office of Foreign Assets Control

  • Specially Designated Nationals List – The EAR require a license for exports or reexports to any party in any entry on this list that contains any of the suffixes "SDGT", "SDT", "FTO", "IRAQ2" or "NPWMD".

To place your subscription, email pubs@ocr-inc.com or call 301-208-0700 (ext112). NTIS' joint venture partner, OCR provides these products.


CD-ROM Version


Annual Subscription Price: $200 
Order number: SUB-5444

To place your subscription, email pubs@ocr-inc.com or call 301-208-0700 (ext112). NTIS' joint venture partner, OCR provides these products.


Printed Version

The comprehensive looseleaf version of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) provides the latest rules. Subscribers receive a paper copy base manual in January, and replacement pages are e-mailed to subscribers within two working days of the Federal Register notice.

Annual Subscription Price: $225
Order number: SUB-8770

Prices include first-class delivery for domestic (U. S., Canada and Mexico); air mail or equivalent service for international (all other countries).

To place your subscription, email pubs@ocr-inc.com or call 301-208-0700 (ext112). NTIS' joint venture partner, OCR provides these products.



For technical assistance, electronic EAR customers can contact support@ocr-inc.com. For account information, EAR customers should call the Subscriptions Desk at 301-208-0700 Ext 112 or email pubs@ocr-inc.com.

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How to Order

To place your subscription, email pubs@ocr-inc.com or call 301-208-0700 (ext112). NTIS' joint venture partner, OCR provides these products.

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