Questions and answers about Export

  • Export Control

    Question: Looking for updated information on Export Control for Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.   Where can I locate information on other Countries’ regulations? Asked by: Sylvia Perez – sylvia_perez@comcast.net Answer 1: You can search country specific export information on export.gov Answer 2: Brazil: Brazilian Ministry of Economy: They often provide information on export regulations and controls.Brazilian […]

  • EXW and export verification

    Question: We ship out of the Netherlands frequently, and we have to verify that the goods were actually exported in order to “close” the export and recover VAT. For most shipments, this is easy.  But for EXW ones, it’s hard at times.  Any advice or best practices? Answer 1: On an ex works transaction, you […]

  • Trial Software

    Question: My Company would like to sell our products pre-installed with a suite of trial software options, which expire in 30 days if not purchased.  These software options fall into 3D991.  We are concerned about China considering the ECCN restrictions related to End Use. We would like to understand other companies’ best practice for trial […]

  • Export of Cannabis, CBD based items

    Question: Has anyone been following international trade laws regarding the import or export of cannabis or CBD based products? I know it is not legal in the US to sell or ship across state borders and to import or export but is anyone aware of any legislation that has been drafted that addresses either or […]

  • Export Requirements – SASO Requirements (Saudi Arabia)

    Question: What is the process to obtain Certificate of Conformity and Shipment certificate for shipments bound to Saudi Arabia? Asked by: Teena Mathis – Teena.Mathis@carlstargroup.com Answer 1: In the past we’ve used SGS (third party) for the Certificate of Conformity. Answer 2: In my freight forwarding days we used to simply put that Title on […]

  • End use statement

    Question: Hi, I have a question about the end use statement. Suppose you filled in the end use when purchasing dual-use or military goods, but after a few months or years, you would like to change the end use: for example, the initial the use was intended for your company’s entity in the EU but […]

  • Duty Draw Back

    Question: Dear Team, We have recently exported of items from EU countries to South Korea. These exports were done under the Inward Processing Relief (IPR) scheme, allowing us to claim Duty Drawback. Under the Eu-Korea Free Trade Agreement, it is possible for us to obtain a refund on duties previously paid on non-originating materials used […]


    Question: Our company is planning to export an item that needs an export license.  Can we apply for the license even if we are not sure if the product will be shipped? Is there a process to apply in case the license is not used? Answer 1: Yes, you can apply for the license. If […]

  • Software sales

    Question: The company I work for sells an electronic product (designed and manufactured by us and classified as EAR99) that requires software to control the product. The software is also designed by us.  The software is considered a “commercial product” consisting of “commercial computer software” and “commercial computer software documentation” as defined in 48 CFR […]


    Question: UK based entity, has manufacturing contracts within European plants to produce products that will be exported out of EU.  The UK company is the owner of the product and the manufacturing plants are only providing a service for the production. How can the product be exported out of the EU if the UK entity […]

  • Exports: 99.9% EAR99 risks of control

    Question: My company rarely has a non-EAR99 NLR item for export.  But, when we do, the item is controlled for export usually machinery.  We are a global company and regardless of how much training I do, that one-in-one-thousand event rears its ugly head and mistakes are made. How do I manage this effectively?   Is there […]