Export activity that occurs in the course of travel, research collaborations, or expenditures (as well as the actual transfer of research results, data, equipment or materials) outside of the U.S. may create export control concerns for the University and members of the University community. Export controls are U.S. laws which regulate the “export” of certain controlled technologies, services and information to foreign nationals, foreign entities or foreign countries for reasons of national security and foreign policy. An export could be the actual shipment outside of the U.S. of controlled equipment or materials or the disclosure of information or technical data related to controlled equipment or materials outside the U.S or inside the U.S. to a foreign national. “Technology transfer” activities which could trigger export control concerns include scientific, engineering and academic exchanges, and international meetings and visits.
Similarly, restrictions administered by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) are based on the nature of a business transaction and not the technology involved. Certain transactions with certain countries (currently the Balkans, Belarus, Ivory Coast, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, N. Korea, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe), entities and individuals are prohibited without a license from the U.S. government, unless an exception applies.
The University has administrators in Grants and Contracts Administration (contact email@example.com), who can help faculty and staff determine if their research and educational activities involve technologies or transactions subject to U.S. export and OFAC controls.
For specific guidance please go to Guidelines on Export Controls. For information on international shipments of hazardous materials go to Yale Environmental Health & Safety.
Please be aware that the laws of countries other than the U.S. may govern your activities and may provide additional import or export restrictions. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant information applicable to your activities and then to follow up with Grants and Contracts Administration or the Office of General Counsel for advice. Click here to read more on the exporting and importing of antiquities and works of art.