News and Notes
Export Control Training Available for International Shippers
The Office of Export Control can provide in-person or video conference training for international shippers on compliance with export controls and economic sanctions. Details about export control training are available here. University personnel that engage in international shipping are strongly encouraged to complete the “Export Compliance for International Shipping” CITI module available via the Professional Education Portal (PEP). The CITI modules are available by searching for Export Compliance in the PEP search bar.
All university personnel engaging in international shipping on behalf of UGA should request review of international shipments by the Office of Export Control prior to shipment. Anything you ship abroad is considered an export. Export shipments of equipment, tools, or research materials, for example, may be submitted for review via the “International Shipping Export Control Review” form. Further details about international shipping are available here.
Please contact Dan Runge, in the Office of Export Control, at email@example.com or 2-4188 if you have questions or concerns.
Travel, Shipping, and Activities involving Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, or Ukraine
The US government imposes comprehensive economic sanctions and trade embargoes on Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. These restrictions limit nearly all imports and exports of technology, goods, and services involving those countries. Services are very broadly defined and include prohibitions on participating in academic conferences in Iran and tourist travel to Cuba, for example. Travel to North Korea by US citizens is, for all intents and purposes, prohibited.
Additionally, the U.S. has recently subjected Belarus and Russia to significantly expanded export controls and economic sanctions. While not comprehensively sanctioned, both countries are subject to significant controls on the import and export of technology, goods, and services.
China and Venezuela are also subject to heighted controls on end-users in those countries.
It is particularly important that activities involving these high-risk countries receive export control review. UGA personnel may contact Dan Runge, in the Office of Export Control, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-4188 to discuss travel, shipping, and activities involving these countries.
Additions of Foreign Academic and Research Institutions to U.S. Lists of Parties of Concern
The US Department of Commerce has recently added multiple foreign universities and affiliated labs and other research centers to either the Unverified List or the Entity List. These designations restrict and may prohibit certain interactions the University of Georgia and its employees may have with the designated institutions and individuals affiliated with those institutions.
The Office of Export Control, and others on campus, engages in “restricted party screening” related to many institutional interactions and agreements. However, UGA employees engaging internationally should be aware of these lists and contact the Office of Export Control prior to engaging in formal or informal relationships or collaborations, or providing services to ensure the foreign institution is not restricted.
The Office of Export Control also maintains a list of restricted foreign universities on its website, but this list is not as up-to-date as utilizing the University’s “restricted party screening tool,” Visual Compliance. Please contact Dan Runge, export compliance officer, at email@example.com with questions or to set up a Visual Compliance account.
February 8th, 2022 additions to the Unverified List:
Hunan University, State Key Lab of Chemo/Biosensing & Chemometrics, Lushan Road, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan Province, China
Southern University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, 1088 Xueyuan Ave., Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055, China
December 17th, 2021 additions to the Entity List:
Academy of Military Medical Sciences and multiple affiliated research institutes, 27 Taiping Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 1000850, China.
November 26th, 2021 additions to the Entity List:
Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, a.k.a., the following two aliases: National Research Center for Microscale: and Microscale National Research Center, No. 96, Jinzhai Road, Heifei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microsacle, University of Science & Technology of China, Heifei, Anhui, 230026, China.
International Transaction Due Diligence
Before agreeing to provide an international sale, service, or product, or beginning an international shipment, UGA personnel should contact the Office of Export Control to request review of the transaction. This review will ensure an export license is not needed for the equipment or research material (including pathogens, toxins, and biologicals, for example), or the provision of the service, and a due diligence review of the end-use and end-user at the foreign destination.
The Department of Commerce has taken export enforcement actions, including monetary settlements, against US academic institutions for unlicensed export of strains and recombinants of animal pathogens to non-US research institutions, as well as for shipments of basic research equipment to embargoed non-US research institutions.
Please contact Dan Runge, at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin any international shipment review.
Further detailed information about International Shipping is available here and a list of export controlled items, software, and technology is available here. Any export classification process should include review by the Office of Export Control and the completion of a Restricted Party Screening using Visual Compliance.