Export Licensing Service and Information

Respond to the needs of the exporting community by telephone, in person, and through seminars and other outreach efforts in order to help exporters understand and comply with the Export Administration Regulations that involve the export of certain products and technical data requiring a special export
license for shipments to foreign countries.
Related Programs

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for BIS Regional Office addresses.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

The Office of Exporter Services (OEXS) is the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) front line unit in providing exporter counseling and plays a major role in guiding exporters through complex licensing transactions. Through a variety of seminar programs offered at locations throughout the United States, OEXS instructs and assists new and established exporters through basic and advanced level courses. OEXS also provides specialized workshops on topics of specific interest (e.g., commercial encryption licensing, technology controls, how to classify your products, export management systems and freight forwarder programs). In fiscal y programs). In fiscal year 2005, BIS conducted 45 domestic seminars in 17 states, which were attended by over 3,318 participants. In fiscal year 2006, we anticipate over 3,200 exporters will be counseled through 45 export licensing seminars. These estimates should also apply in fiscal year 2007 as limited resources will prevent us from expanding the seminar program. Through our headquarters in Washington, DC and our Western Regional Offices in Los Angeles and San Jose, California, BIS will provide one-on-one counseling 11 hours a day through meetings, telephone counseling sessions and responses to e-mail and fax inquiries. In addition, the BIS Web site (www.bis.doc.gov) provides exporters constant access to timely information and services.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Individuals and business firms may obtain information, training, and assistance on the interpretation of export control regulations and policies, when a validated export control license is required; and secure expeditious handling of an export application when priority action is warranted.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any person, firm, organization, or branch of government needing information or assistance on export control matters.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any person, firm, organization, or branch of government needing information or assistance on export control matters.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

In person, by letter or telephone.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended, 50 U.S.C. 2401 et seq. This authority is currently extended under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements




In accordance with the provisions of OMB circular No. A133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of High Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31. U.S.C 7501 -7507). Commercial organization shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Operations and administration) FY 07 $1,753,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Export Administration Regulations; Export Administration Bulletins; Summary of U.S. Export Regulations; Bureau of Industry and Security Annual Report; Index to the Commodity Control List; Export Management System Guidelines and Summary thereof.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for BIS Regional Office addresses.

Headquarters Office

Office of Exporter Services, Outreach and Educational Services Division, Room 1099, Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230 or Outreach and Educational Services Division, P.O. Box 273, Washington, DC 20044. Telephone: (202) 482-4811. Western Regional Office (Newport Beach, California) 3300 Irvine Avenue, Suite 345, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Telephone: (949) 660-0144. Western Regional Office (San Jose, CA) 111 N. Market Street, 6th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113. Telephone: (408) 351-3378.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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