Export Controlled or Embargoed Countries, Entities and Persons

When considering whether or not a shipment, transfer, transmission, or disclosure will require an export license, we need to consider what is being shipped, where it is going, and to whom it is being exported or disclosed.

The lists on this page deal with "where" and "to whom" items, information, or software is going (see the lists of controlled items, software, and technologies for guidance about what may be sent).

Contact

Questions about this topic can be answered by:

Eisner, Steve

Director of Export Compliance and Export Control Officer

Vice Provost and Dean of Research

(650) 724-7072

Overview

Certain organizations and individuals are subject to trade sanctions, embargoes, and other restrictions under US law. These restrictions apply to both domestic and foreign transactions. Stanford's Restricted Party Screening tool will permit you to quickly check and document whether a person or an organization is a restricted party. If you intend to ship or transact with any person or organization that appears on a restricted list, immediately contact Stanford's Export Control Officer.

In addition, certain countries are subject to either comprehensive embargoes or targeted sanctions. Comprehensive embargoes prohibit virtually ALL exports/imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Targeted sanctions are prohibitions on trade in specified goods, technologies, and services with specific organizations (including foreign governments) and persons.

If you intend to ship or transact with any country that that is identified on the Comprehensively Embargoed Country lists below, or North Korea or Iraq,  contact Steve Eisner, (650) 724-7072 for guidance ASAP.

If you intend to ship or transact with any other country that is identified on the Targeted Sanctions Country lists below, please use the Stanford Export Controls Decision Tree and conduct a Restricted Party Screen.

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Countries

Comprehensively Embargoed Countries

OFAC

Iran, Cuba, Syria

EAR

Iran, Cuba, Syria

See Sanctions Program and Country Summaries and the EAR's Part 746 embargoes pages for more specific information.

Targeted Sanctions Countries 

OFAC

Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Belarus, Sudan, North Korea, Iraq, Yemen, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Liberia, Zimbabwe, Balkans, the Cote D'Ivoire (formerly Ivory Coast)

EAR

North Korea, Iraq

See Sanctions Program and Country Summaries and the EAR's Part 746 embargoes pages for more specific information.

Countries with Restricted Entities on the EAR Entity Chart

China, Canada, Germany, Iran, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Egypt, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Lebanon, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, United Arab Emirates the United Kingdom.

ITAR Prohibited Countries

Afghanistan, Belarus, Central African Republic, Cuba, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Iran, Iraq, Cote d'Ivoire, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, Haiti, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Republic of the Sudan (Northern Sudan), Yemen, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Organizations

There are two primary lists:

  1. The OFAC Specially Designated Natinals and Blocked Persons List, and
  2. The Commerce Department's Entity List.

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Persons

There are two primary lists:

  1. The OFAC Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, and

  2. The Commerce Department Denied Persons List (a list of individuals who are denied export privileges by the Commerce Department)

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