Make Sure When You Ship iDirect Products Your Ship Comes in Legally

Dennis SalveyBy Dennis Salvey, Trade Compliance Manager

Compliance may be something you don’t think of often, but you’ll think of it really quickly if your company was faced with a potentially large fine or other type of penalty including civil and criminal charges. Performing the necessary due diligence in advance of any export transaction can help avoid these costly mistakes.

First, our products and services are governed under the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). You cannot ship any iDirect products into the current list of embargoed / sanctioned countries:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria

Export Licenses
An export license gives you the authorization to export certain technology and products from the U.S. to a specific customer in a specific country. Most of iDirect’s products and software do not require an export license but some do when you’re shipping to government end-users in certain countries.

Here are some questions to help you determine if you need an export license:

  • Is the item specifically listed on the Commerce Control List?
  • Is the end-user in an embargoed country?
  • Is the end-user listed on any prohibited party list?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, an export license is most likely needed.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about shipping or obtaining an export license. Also, check out the webinar I held regarding compliance and licensing.

2 Responses to Make Sure When You Ship iDirect Products Your Ship Comes in Legally

  1. Patrick Gannon says:

    As of Jan 2011 it was illegal to sell iDirect products to Iran. There has been some softening of sanctions for things like laptops. Is it still illegal to sell iD into Iran?

    • iDirect says:

      At this time, U.S. sanctions against Iran are still in place for all U.S. persons. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued a General License that allow for the exportation of very specific types of telecommunications products to Iran if all conditions are properly met. We strongly suggest that anyone who wishes to engage business with Iran obtain legal guidance from a Trade Attorney or a recognized Trade Consultant.
      OFAC defines a U.S. Person as: any U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States (including foreign branches), or any person (i.e. individual or entity) in the United States.