To accomplish U.S. foreign policy and national security goals, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) administers economic sanctions programs and embargoes for several countries. Certain destinations, organizations and individuals are subject to trade sanctions, embargoes and restrictions under U.S. law. These sanctions are subject to change, usually involve financial components, and can range from narrow restrictions to broad sanctions and embargoes, such as those involving North Korea and Iran. Because these sanctions can affect international research collaborations, researchers should check the OFAC website to confirm whether an activity involving a foreign collaboration might be subject to restrictions.

The U.S. Government issues various lists of individuals and entities that are both in the U.S. and abroad that have committed export violations or other serious offenses. These violations include debarred, disqualified, or ineligible persons on certain grant terms and conditions, service agreements, or procurement transactions. These lists also include Restricted or Prohibited parties with more serious offenses, such as terrorists or drug traffickers. For those parties, financial dealings or export transactions are prohibited.

Use the links on this page to determine whether the destination and recipient of any items, information or software are going to an embargoed or sanctioned country. Note the countries listed below are subject to change; refer to the links for current information.

For restricted individuals and entities you should do a restricted party screening; this involves a review of these lists to ensure that the person or entity with whom you are interacting is not on one of these lists. The University has a site license to software which provides easy-to-use screening for denied parties. See Using Visual Compliance for Restricted Party Screening for instructions, and you may check the agency lists below for more information about the various agency restricted lists.

Depending on the destination country, receiving party, and end use, items and technology listed on the Commerce Control List may require a license for export, unless an exclusion or exemption applies. Items in the “EAR99” category may require a license based on embargoes, sanctions, receiving party/end user, or end use. See the lists of controlled technologies for guidance about what may be sent.

If you need help determining if you could be shipping an item to or collaborating with an entity or person in an embargoed or sanctioned country or that appears on or works for an entity on a restricted list, contact the Export Control Officer for assistance.


Embargoed or Otherwise Restricted Destinations, Organizations, or Individuals

Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security Export Administration Regulation (EAR)

  • Countries with restricted parties on the EAR Entity List on Supplement No. 4 to Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations include but are not limited to:
    • China, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
  • Comprehensively sanctioned countries:
    • Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria
  • Targeted Sanctioned countries:
    • Iraq
  • Denied Persons List individuals who are denied export privileges by the Commerce Department

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Financial Sanctions

State Department International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

  • Country Policies and Embargoes:
    • Afghanistan, Belarus, Central African Republic, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Eritrea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar (formerly Burma), North Korea, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
  • List of Statutorily Debarred Parties entities and individuals prohibited from participating directly or indirectly in the export of defense articles (including technical data) and defense services