Export Controls - International Shipping
UND's international shipping must comply with export and import control laws and regulations. The laws and regulations may require UND to obtain an export license for shipments of items, software and technology outside of the U.S. The Office of Research Development & Compliance is charged with determining whether an export license is required for the shipment of items, software, technology, and information outside of the United States.
All UND personnel who engage in international shipping are responsible for ensuring compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations. Shipping without obtaining the appropriate license or other government approval, or failing to file accurate export or shipping documentation, may result in the confiscation of the shipped items, fines and/or jail time.
The Export Control Officer will assist you in evaluating if the export is in compliance
with export control laws and regulations, and if the export and shipping documentation
has been correctly prepared and filed. For items not export controlled, review and
clearance to ship may take only a few minutes. For an export controlled item needing
a license, it may take 30-90 days to obtain approval from the government.
Federal regulations require UND to keep records of shipments for five years after the date of the shipment.
Personnel involved with shipping also need to recognize that the destination country for the shipment may have restrictions on what can be imported.
Shipping anything to a destination outside the U.S. is an export regardless of whether the item is sold, used for research, loaned, donated or only outside of the U.S. temporarily. Most items, including certain software and information, are subject to some facet of export controls.
UND is the shipper of record regardless of who prepares the forms (FedEx, UPS, DHL or the customs broker). The freight forwarder cannot be relied on for UND's export control compliance. The freight forwarder relies on the information provided to them by UND.
All items to be exported must be reviewed prior to shipment to determine the need for a license or other government approval. The review includes determining:
- The item(s) export control classification or category;
- If the shipment is to an embargoed or sanctioned country;
- If the shipment to the destination country requires a license;
- The end-user; and
- If the end-use is prohibited.
This review must occur whether the item to be shipped is processed through Campus Postal Services or is done individually by the College, School, Division or Department. To assist with evaluating the export control concerns, please prepare the UND Export Control International Shipment Review Form and send to the Export Control Officer for review prior to shipping any item.