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CHAPTER: Complying with U.S. Export Regulations
5. How do I obtain an “Advisory Opinion” on export licensing questions?
  ANSWER: The Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) will advise you whether a license is required or is likely to be granted for a particular end-use, end-user, and/or destination. Requests for such Advisory Opinions must be submitted electronically or in writing to one of the BXA addresses listed below:

Bureau of Export Administration, Exporter Counseling Division U.S. Department of Commerce 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Room H1099D Washington, D.C., 20230 Telephone: (202) 482-4811 Fax: (202) 482-3617

Western Regional Office, Bureau of Export Administration U.S. Department of Commerce 3300 Irvine Avenue, Suite 345 Newport Beach, California 92660 Telephone: (714) 660-0144 Fax: (714) 660-9347

U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Export Administration 101 Park Center Plaza, Suite 1001 San Jose, CA 95113 Telephone: (408) 998-7402 Fax: (408) 998-7470

Both your letter and envelope must be marked "Advisory Opinion". Your letter must contain the following information if you are requesting guidance regarding interpretations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR):

  • Contact name, title, telephone and fax numbers and complete mailing address;
  • Whether you seek advice on policy for a particular transaction or on the need for a license itself;
  • Information on the parties to the transaction and the proposed end-use or end-user;
  • The model number for each item, where appropriate;
  • The Export Control Classification Number (ECCN), if known, for each item; and
  • Any descriptive literature, brochures, technical specifications or papers that describe the items in sufficient technical detail to enable BXA to verify the correct classification.

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