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.