Filing exports



Government-sponsored website for filing electronic export information. It’s hosted by U.S. Customs. “ACE” stands for Automated Commercial Environment, “AES” for Automated Export System. (For those struggling to wade through the government’s alphabet soup.)

Customs’ ACE Support Desk,

1-866-530-4172 option 1, then option 2


U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division



option 1: Automated Export System Branch



option 3: Regulations


option 5: Export Reports – Trade Outreach Branch


Export licensing agencies


Bureau of Industry and Security

Regulates the export of most commercial items, often referred to as “dual-use” items that have both commercial and dangerous applications.



Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
Licenses defense services and defense (munitions) articles.



Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorism sponsoring organizations, and international narcotics traffickers. The OFAC Web site provides information on these sanctions as well as the complete list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the “SDN list”).



Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of International Programs
Licenses nuclear material and equipment.



International trade support


International Trade Administration (ITA), Department of Commerce
ITA provides industry and country specific market information, and offers a wide variety of programs to assist U.S. exporters.


Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA provides a full range of export assistance services to small businesses, particularly those new to exporting, and offers counseling, training, managerial and trade finance assistance.
U.S. Government export portal.


Customs and Border Protection

Enforces trade laws and regulations.


World Trade Organization

International body which deals with the rules of trade between nations. Has an international tariff database.