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Beware Export Controls On Software, Encryption, Technology

Executives routinely travel abroad with company-issued or personal laptops, tablets and handheld devices. It is common to carry product information, presentations and other information on these devices. For example, a sales executive may have a proposal that includes detailed product specifications as well as information on pricing and delivery. The device itself may contain software that is controlled for export to the destination country, or it may contain encryption items. Under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. government controls the release of certain technology and software abroad. Such releases are exports from the United States, and may require a license or other authorization. A release can occur when a U.S. person crosses the border of the destination country. This means an export license may be required to travel to a particular country with certain technical information, software or encryption items.

Under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the U.S. government controls the release of certain technology and software abroad. Such releases are exports from the United States, and may require a license or other authorization. A release can occur when a U.S. person crosses the border of the destination country. This means an export license may be required to travel to a particular country with certain technical information, software or encryption items.

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