12.  Do I need an export license to ship my product to a particular market? How do I get a license?

Most goods do not need a license.  Licenses are generally required for high tech or strategic goods for goods shipped to certain countries where national security or foreign policy controls are important.  The Dept. of Commerce's Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) administers export licenses and regulations.  The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) require a license for certain activities and items, e.g. commodities, software and technology if one of ten general prohitibions applies and the export or re-export is not eligible for a license exception.

Any exporter can call BXA to determine the need for a license.  BXA can be reached at (714) 660-0144 or at http://www.bxa.doc.gov.