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Single Trade Application and Reporting System (STARS)

Department of Commerce - Bureau of Industry and Security

About Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security

The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export, re-export and certain transfers (in-country) of most commercial items (commodities, software, and technical information), "dual-use" items that have both commercial and military or proliferation applications, and less-sensitive military items.

Classification of Items

If your item is subject to control by BIS, you will need to determine the classification of the item on the Commerce Control List (CCL) or EAR99. It is recommended that you go through the CCL Order of Review decision tool or submit a Commodity Classification Request to verify the classification of your item (Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)). Items are generally listed in terms of technical parameters. The ECCN identifies the "Reason For Control" - e.g. national security (NS), Anti-terrorism (AT), etc. If your item is not on the CCL, it is designated as EAR99.

License Requirements

License requirements are dependent upon four factors:

  • WHAT - an item’s classification (Export Control Classification Number) and whether or not it has a reason for control;
  • WHERE - the destination;
  • WHO - the parties to the transaction; and
  • HOW - the end-use. As the exporter, you must determine whether your transaction is subject to a license requirement.

For more information on licensing requirements see Parts 738, 742, 744, 746, and 774 of the EAR.

Registration

If you need to submit an application to BIS, you will need to register with the online system, Simplified Network Application Process - Redesign (SNAP-R). For more information on SNAP-R and online registration visit the SNAP-R page.

Application Submission Information

Simplified Network Application Process - Redesign (SNAP-R): SNAP-R allows users to submit export license applications, commodity classification requests, encryption registration, re-export license applications, and license exception AGR notifications.

System for Tracking Export License Applications (STELA): BIS has launched an on-line version of its System for Tracking Export License Applications (STELA). You may now check the status of your export/re-export license applications, classification requests, and AGR notifications.

Support

For contact information visit the BIS contact us page. For educational material, please visit the Exporter Portal on the BIS website for export control basics and the on-line training room.


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