In order to protect national security interests and foreign policy objectives, the U.S. government controls the export of sensitive equipment, software, and technologies. The export control system consists primarily of two sets of export control regulations: the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Commerce Control List (CCL) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Munitions List.

The University engages in research and academic activities that may be subject to those U.S. export control laws and regulations. While the research being performed at the University is fundamental research, the controlled export of items, software, technologies, and equipment could impact the conduct of University research or teaching. These regulations control what we can share with foreign nationals, either as tangible items for shipping abroad or as information for sharing either in the U.S. or abroad. (See the  lists of export controlled or embargoed countries for guidance about where and to whom shipments may or may not be sent or with whom they may or may not be shared.)

If you are shipping or sharing technology or an item that you believe falls into a controlled category, use the links below to go to the regulations themselves for further description of categories, or contact the Export Control Officer.


Export Administration Regulations

The Commerce Control List (CCL) is published by the U.S. Commerce Department in Export Administration Regulations (EAR) focused on “dual use” technologies having both legitimate commercial purposes and potential military applications. The regulations contain a “catch-all” category, EAR99, which covers any item or technology that is subject to the EAR but that is not on the CCL. Items in the EAR99 category may require a license based on embargoes, sanctions, receiving party/end user, or end use.

Bureau of Industry and Security Commerce Control List


International Traffic in Arms Regulations

The Munitions list is published by the U.S. State Department in International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) focused on potential military applications or technologies that are military in nature.

ITAR Part 121 - The United States Munitions List

  • Category I: Firearms, Close Assault Weapons and Combat Shotguns
  • Category II: Guns and Armament
  • 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: Surface Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment
  • Category VII: Ground Vehicles
  • Category VIII: Aircraft and Related Articles
  • Category IX: Military Training Equipment and Training
  • Category X: Personal Protective Equipment
  • Category XI: Military Electronics
  • Category XII: Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance Equipment
  • Category XIII: Materials and Miscellaneous Articles
  • Category XIV: Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents, and Associated Equipment
  • Category XV: Spacecraft and Related Articles
  • Category XVI: Nuclear Weapons Related Articles
  • Category XVII: Classified Articles, Technical Data, and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated
  • Category XVIII: Directed Energy Weapons
  • Category XIX: Gas Turbine Engines and Associated Equipment
  • Category XX: Submersible Vessels and Related Articles

Note that 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.

For nuclear related exports, see NNSA part 810 Exports Export Control, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and UC Berkeley Radiation Safety.