What Is An ECCN?

Exporters, do you know how to determine your ECCN? While it is true that the majority of exports can be designated EAR 99 and NLR (No License Required), it is important to first check for an ECCN. Here is some info from the BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) website.

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Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)

A key in determining whether an export license is needed from the Department of Commerce is finding out if the item you intend to export has a specific Export Control Classification Number (ECCN). ECCNs are five character alpha-numeric designations used on the Commerce Control List (CCL) to identify dual-use items for export control purposes.  An ECCN categorizes items based on the nature of the product, i.e. type of commodity, software, or technology and its respective technical parameters.

An ECCN is different from a Schedule B number, which is used by the Bureau of Census to collect trade statistics. It is also different from the Harmonized Tariff System Nomenclature, which is used to determine import duties.

Consolidated Screening Tool

Here is a good tool for simplifying export compliance. The Consolidated Screening Tool can be found on the BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) website  under the Export Management and Compliance tab. This tool allows exporters to screen 11 lists in one search including: Denied Persons List (DPL), Unverified List (UVL), and Entity List (EL) as well as all other lists needed for screening.

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Comments on CTL Post

  • Laurie Denham CTL, CAE

    Thank you Mitch, yes, all active CTL holders will keep their designation and it will continue to be recognized by our new organization APICS.. As a professional development organization, we encourage you to seek the CLTD when it is released next June so you can be current in your knowledge base. I hope to see you at APICS 2016 in Washington, DC.. September 28-30, 2016!

  • Mitch Kostoulakos CTL,LCB

    Hi Laurie, thanks for your response. While the CTL will be recognized it does seem to me that it will lose value. Those of us who have earned the CTL have passed 5 or 6 tests and may have also completed a creative component. This is a far greater commitment than the 1 test for the new CLTD. I believe that APICS should recognize this difference and award the CLTD to all CTL holders instead of asking us to prove our professionalism again. I think other CTL holders will agree. Regards.

APICS discontinuing CTL program

When AST&L (American Society of Transportation and Logistics) announced their merger with APICS earlier this year I posted the question, “What About My CTL?”.  Here is some info from the APICS website announcing the end of the CTL process and leading to more questions. I would like to hear from other AST&L members especially since I just completed the re-certification process.  Here is what I would like to know:

APICS says prior earned certifications will remain valid. Valid for what exactly?

Will CTL holders be grandfathered in the new APICS logistics certification? I certainly hope so.


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The Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) certification program will be discontinued at the end of this year. All candidates who are in the process of earning the CTL designation will be required to complete the program before December 18, 2015.And, all current and new CTL certifications earned prior to January 1, 2016 will remain valid.APICS is currently in the process of creating a new logistics, transportation and distribution certification program that will be launched in 2016. The designation will have new eligibility and maintenance requirements, courseware and a single exam.Under the current CTL certification individuals who successfully complete six of the following exam modules prior to December 18, 2015 will be granted the certification. All current and new CTL certifications earned in 2015 will remain valid.