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Export control

MIT complies fully with all U.S. export control laws and regulations, which restrict access to and the flow of certain materials, devices, data, and technical information to entities outside the U.S. and to foreign nationals inside the U.S.

When you leave the country, everything you take is considered an export, including devices, software, and data, and so travel-related export control regulations can impact what you can take out, where you can go, and what you can do outside of the U.S. In addition, U.S. export controls and sanctions programs may also affect international travel — usually in minor ways, but potentially creating serious obstacles or resulting in unintended violations.

Non-compliance with export control regulations can have serious consequences at an individual and institutional level.

MIT’s Export Control Office can help you:

  • Stay in compliance. Check information on export controls and how to comply with them. Different regulations will apply depending on the technology and the destination.
  • Have your project reviewed. Any project with international components should be reviewed by MIT’s Export Control Office. This review is automatic for every proposal where the PI indicates information or materials will be shipped abroad and is encouraged for all international engagements.

If you have questions or to request a review, please contact Janet Johnston, Export Control Officer.

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Janet Johnston

Janet Johnston

Export Control Officer