What are Export Controls?

Export Controls are laws and regulations that control the export of items, commodities, software, technical data and other information to foreign countries, as well as to restricted individuals and organizations. Export controls were designed to prevent US items or technology from harming US interests and to promote US foreign policy.

In the United States, the export control regulations are principally administered by three federal agencies:

  • Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • Department of the Treasury – Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Although each agency administers a different set of regulations targeting different types of exports, there is considerable overlap. 

Export Controls at PSU

Universities and research institutions must comply with Export Controls. Although universities are not generally thought of as exporters, in reality, most universities export on a daily basis. Export controls affect a variety of university activities, including research, shipping, travel, contracting, IT, and others. As an exporter, PSU is required to ensure compliance with US export controls in University activities. Failure to comply with export control regulations can have serious consequences for the University, as well as for individual community members found to have violated the regulations. The Export Control Officer (ECO), housed in Research and Graduate Studies, is here to assist the PSU community with any export or international compliance needs or concerns. 

Click here to view PSU's Export Control Policy

To view PSU's Export Compliance Management Plan click here (limited to PSU students, faculty, and staff) 

Brandon Barnhill
Compliance Officer (Export Controls & Data Security)
Richard and Maurine Newberger Center, Suite 620
1600 SW Fourth Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97201

Phone: 503-725-9945
Fax: 503-725-8170
Email: export@pdx.edu