Export License

Logistics Term

Export License Definition

An export license is a document granted by the government authorizing the export of certain goods. The appropriate licensing agency carefully evaluates the transaction within the export in progress before issuing the export license. The most common agencies include the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and the Bureau of Industry and Security.

Most export transactions within the United States don’t require export licenses. The exporter must check the mandate as to whether or not a license is required. Once they consider a commodity needing an export license, exporters categorize them into the appropriate jurisdiction for licensing. The most common goods needing licensing include sensitive, prohibited, or dangerous cargo.

Export License Types

Types of export licenses include: 

  • Global Licenses,
  •  Licensing under the Torture Regulations, 
  • Military Licenses, Individual Dual-Use Licenses, 
  • Brokering Activities Licenses, and Global Transfer Licenses. 

The online export license system OELAS is the only site to get an export license. 

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