In my former life as an export agent, I dreaded getting calls from a supplier who was shipping under a “Routed Transaction.” In most cases, the supplier would insist that they did not have any obligations to provide any information. They thought that when the terms were Ex Works (EXW), they could say “we fulfilled our obligations; please pick up the freight.”
You may be asking yourself “Do all exports require a license?” “How do I know if my particular “item or activity” requires a license?” “Why is this information important me?” The U.S. Government has export control laws in place for a variety of reasons, primary of which is National Security. Consequences for violation of export control laws can include monetary penalties, loss of export privileges and in some cases imprisonment of the violators.
The Departments of Commerce, Treasury and State each have a set of licensing requirements when it comes to the export of items, technology, or software from the United States, as well any subsequent reexport. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also have regulations related to export controls.