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Export Classification

Determining whether an item is subject to ITAR or EAR is critical and determining the correct ECCN for EAR items is very important. Mistakes here can have serious consequences to Purdue and to individual shippers.

  • The best source of export classification for a purchased item is the vendor or manufacturer. Many vendor and manufacturers will have such information publically available on their websites.
  • If it cannot be gotten from the vendor or manufacturer, then it will be necessary in all but the most obvious cases to consult the Export Controls Team. Determining the correct classification can be challenging, requiring technical knowledge about the item as well as understanding of the export control regulations.
  • If you prefer to attempt to determine the classification on your own, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce has created an Export Control Classification Interactive Tool:


Guidance Document - Engineering Example List of Export Control Restricted Items – Not exhaustive
Guidance Document – Restricted Biological Agents
Department of Commerce - BIS Export Control Classification Interactive Tool

Need Help?

Contact the Purdue Export Controls team by email at, by phone at (765) 494-6840, or in person on the 10th floor of Young Hall (155 S Grant St.).

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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