The U.S. export regulations impact travel as well as restrict imports and exports to certain destinations without a U.S. Government authorization – an export control license. In specific situations, and in compliance with export control regulations, such authorization must be obtained before obtaining a license, The ORPC will consult with the below agencies as to whether a license and/or permission is required.
- Department of the Treasury (OFAC) – Sanctioned Programs and Countries
- Department of Commerce (EAR) – EAR Part 746 embargoes and restricted entities on the EAR Entity Chart
- Department of State (ITAR) – ITAR policies towards specific countries
The following is a current list of countries subject to comprehensive embargoes which prohibit most exports/imports and other transactions without a license or other U.S. government authorization.
- People’s Republic of (North) Korea
- Crimea region of Russia
The commerce department’s Bureau of Industry and Security updates official listings on its website. While there are some restrictions and export control requirements for other countries, the above nations are the most restricted.
How Do Sanctions Work?
A sanction is meant to penalize a country or certain groups and individuals within a country. Economic sanctions are usually a ban on trading any goods with the sanctioned party, though certain exceptions such as importing food and medicine for humanitarian causes may be allowed. Tariffs and restrictions on financial transactions are other ways economic sanctions can be enforced.
Sometimes, it’s possible to still trade with a sanctioned country if you apply for a license from your country’s government. If it turns out your business is non-compliant and violates a sanction, penalties can be severe – online marketplaces such as Amazon can choose to suspend your seller account or the government can give you a hefty fine.
DHL Restricted Items
The following items are restricted within the United States:
- Parcel Select Ground is the slowest and cheapest USPS shipping service for mailing large and heavy items that exceed package dimensions and weight limits Animals (Non-venomous, frogs, insects, lizards, tortoises, sea life, and worms)
- Dangerous Goods (Hazardous or combustible materials including asbestos and ammunition)
- Firearms (Includes parts of paintball guns, pellet guns, and air rifles)
- Industrial diamonds/carbons (Valued over US$10,000)
- Jewelry (Valued over US$100, including watches)
- Negotiable Instruments
- Precious Metals and Stones
- Tobacco Products.
It’s important to note that DHL’s list of embargoed countries is subject to change and may vary depending on international regulations and the security situation in the country. Before shipping to a country, it’s recommended to check with DHL to confirm that it’s not on the embargoed list and to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.