The Bureau of Industry and Security(BIS) is the agency of the United States Department of Commerce that regulates exports. The export administration regulations serve to enforce the Export Administration Act, the statutory authority given to the BIS by the congress to regulate most exports. The export administration regulations indicate that all United States goods and technology under their jurisdiction requires some sort of export authorization; however, this does not mean that all transactions require written authorization. To determine which authorization is appropriate, the BIS developed two types of licenses: an individual validated license that is specific written authorization and a general license, a broad authorization permitting export without written authorization.
The U. S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security(BIS) exports administration specialists and provides information about export licensing and regulations.
US Department of Commerce
Bureau of Export Administration
152 North Third Street, Suite 550
San Jose, CA 95112-5591
(408) 998-7470 Fax
U. S. Department of Commerce Trade Information Center, general directory:
The U. S. Federal Office of Export Enforcement enforces the export administration regulations relative to export licenses.
US Federal Office of Export Enforcement
96 North Third Street
San Jose, CA 95112-5572
Office of Export Enforcement Field Office Directory
The Commercial Service of the US Department of Commerce assists U.S. firms with exporting, assists export ready companies export their products overseas, finds buyers and distributors overseas interested in export product and sets up export branch offices overseas, and distributes promotional brochures overseas.
Commercial Service of the US Department of Commerce
250 Montgomery Street, 14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 705-2299 Fax