Commodity Jurisdiction & Classification Determinations
Determining which government agency exercises jurisdiction over a particular technology/technical data, commodity, software or service in question is the critical first step in determining applicable licensing requirements. ST&R and STTAS export area professionals will work to identify the commodity jurisdiction of products, information and services, as well as assist in the preparation and filing of formal commodity jurisdiction requests with the State Department, where warranted.
The classification of commodities, software and technology/technical data is essential for determining the specific license authorization under which items may be imported, exported, reexported or otherwise transferred. We can help classify your products and technology/technical data in accordance with the U.S. Munitions List, Commerce Control List, Schedule B Code, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, EU Dual Use and Military Controls, and non-U.S. control regimes.
Our professionals also assist companies in preparing and submitting commodity classification and advisory opinion requests, designing workable classification processes for companies, providing training to company personnel on key classification principles, and creating comprehensive databases to store information relating to classification, licensing and country of origin data. With respect to the unique nature of items containing encryption/decryption features, we routinely provide advice on the regulations that govern the export and re-export of products and software that contain cryptographic functionality. We assist exporters in classifying and determining the licensing requirements for such items, satisfying applicable government reporting requirements and obtaining any licenses that may be required.