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Restrictions on Physical Items

When leaving the country, everything taken is an export, including devices, software, and data.

It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure that their electronic devices and presentations do not contain any export-controlled technical data or other export-controlled information.

  • You cannot take ITAR-controlled articles, technical data, or software (considered to be technical data as per ITAR) without a license from the State Department. Tangible items developed through fundamental research are still subject to the ITAR.
  • In most cases, U.S. and non-U.S. persons can take EAR-controlled items and software, including a laptop and PDA.  EAR License Exception TMP can be used for Cornell owned equipment. 
  • US persons can use the exceptions to take EAR-controlled ‘technology’, but transferring to an unauthorized individual IS an export.
  • See TMP Exception