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International Shipping

Tangible Transfers

It is the transfer initiator’s responsibility to ensure that their exports, including person-to-person transfers, a) do not require an export license, and b) have all records retained for five years. Many exports of goods/software are international shipments which use at least one third party for logistics (e.g., UPS, FedEx). However, some exports are carried-out without using a third party (e.g., software files being copied from a first computer to a second computer). In fact, the export may occur with both parties physically located in the United States at the time (e.g., the receiving party is a foreign person).

Ask before Acting

Transfers of items involving embargoedsanctioned, or prohibited countries generally pose significant risk and shall be reviewed by the University’s Export Control Officer (UECO) prior to such transfer occurring. Export of ITAR-controlled articles, technical data, or software require an express written authorization from the UECO in advance for each export. Transfers that require Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing shall be reviewed by the UECO prior to initiation of such transfer (e.g., value threshold, destination, end-user).


Step-by-Step Instructions for International Shipments from the University of Virginia.