• (9/30/2022)

    (9/30/2022) : Commerce Responds to Russia’s Attempts to Annex Parts of Ukraine

  • (9/26/2022)

    (9/26/2022) : Commerce Identifies 4th Iranian Cargo Plane Owned by Military in Apparent Violation of U.S. Export Controls on Russia

  • (9/21/2022)

    (9/21/2022) : Report: The Effect of Imports of Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB) Permanent Magnets on the National Security

  • (9/19/2022)

    (9/19/2022) : Commerce Identifies Iranian Cargo Airlines For Apparent Violations Of U.S Export Controls

  • (9/15/2022)

    (9/15/2022) : Commerce Takes Further Actions to Expand and Tighten U.S. Export Controls on Russia and Belarus

  • (9/15/2022)

    (9/15/2022) : Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod Remarks to the Southeast Asia Forum on Export Controls

  • (9/13/2022)

    (9/13/2022) : BIS publishes an ANPRM "Request for Comments Concerning the Imposition of Section 1758 Technology Export Controls on Instruments for the Automated Chemical Synthesis of Peptides.

  • (9/12/2022)

    (9/12/2022) : Assistant Secretaries Thea D. Rozman Kendler and Matthew S. Axelrod to Travel to Singapore

  • (9/08/2022)

    (9/08/2022) : Commerce Levels Playing Field to Support U.S. Stakeholder Participation in International Standards Setting Activities

  • (8/31/2022)

    (8/31/2022) : BIS Takes Enforcement Action Against PJSC LUKOIL For Violation of U.S. Export Controls

  • (8/25/2022)

    (8/25/2022) : Six Months into Russian Invasion, Commerce Actions Making a Difference in Support of Ukrainian People

  • (8/23/2022)

    (8/23/2022) : Commerce Adds Seven Chinese Entities to Entity List for Supporting Military Modernization Efforts

  • (8/12/2022)

    (8/12/2022) : Commerce Implements New Multilateral Controls on Advanced Semiconductor and Gas Turbine Engine Technologies

OEE Mission Statement

“BIS is the principal agency involved in the development, implementation, and enforcement of export controls for commercial technologies and for many military technologies as a result of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative.  The Export Enforcement Division detects, prevents, investigates, and assists in the sanctioning of illegal exports of such items,”  according to the United States Senate, in its Report to accompany H.R. 2578, dated June 16, 2015.

The Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) protects U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests by investigating violations, prosecuting violators of export control laws, interdicting illegal exports, and educating parties to export transactions on how to improve export compliance practices.  OEE Special Agents work with BIS licensing officials and policy staff to deter the export of items which, in the hands of unreliable users, can prove damaging to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.

   

Informed, voluntary compliance with U.S. export controls by the export trade community is an important contribution to U.S. National Security and a key component of BIS’s export administration and enforcement programs.  All parties to U.S. export transactions must ensure their exports fully comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements.  Compliance not only involves controlled goods and technologies, but also restrictions on shipping to certain countries, companies, organizations, and/or individuals.  BIS works closely with the export trade community to raise awareness of compliance best practices and “red flags” of potential illicit activities, and to identify and act on export violations.

An Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP) can assist you in developing and implementing procedures to stay in compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  See EMCP for more information.

Sentinel Program:

Many end-use checks are conducted through BIS' Sentinel Program. Trained OEE Special Agents are deployed from the United States to countries to visit the end-users of sensitive controlled commodities and determine whether these items are being used in accordance with license conditions. Sentinel teams assess the suitability of foreign end-users to receive U.S.-origin licensed goods and technology, assess prospective end-users on pending license applications for diversion risk, and conduct educational outreach to foreign trade groups. In this way, Sentinel trips help to create the confidence needed to foster trade while strengthening U.S. national security.

Outreach Program:

The purpose of the Outreach program is to prevent illegal exports by educating industry about export controls and eliciting industry’s cooperation in protecting our national security and foreign policy objectives.  An Outreach contact is a one-on-one visit with the representative of a company.  It is normally done in person, but under certain instances, it can be conducted over the phone. The types of companies contacted include, but are not limited to, manufacturers, exporters, and freight forwarders.

   

Export Enforcement Leadership  

Matthew S. Axelrod
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

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Kevin Kurland
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

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