What is EAR99?

What does it mean when a product has an EAR99 classification?

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Jul 16, 2021

EAR99 is a classification for basic technological goods that do not require a license for export from the United States or for re-exports worldwide. Under § 734.14 EAR, re-exports are defined as shipments of US items from one non-US country to another. However, we still need to ensure that EAR99 certified products do not get exported to an embargoed country, to an end-user of concern, or in support of a prohibited end-use.

So if a product has an EAR99 classification. This means that it can be exported to countries outside the United States.

If a product is subjected to the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department and is controlled by the EAR, it may have an Export Commodity Control Number (ECCN). If it does not, it is considered EAR99. Unlike an EAR99 designation, which is a broad basket category, an ECCN is much more narrowly defined and is focused on product categories. An ECCN is a five-digit alphanumeric designations that categorize items based on the nature of the product, i.e. type of commodity, software, or technology and its respective technical parameters.

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