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Countries: Sanctions and Embargoes

Countries of Concern

Generally speaking, a license may be required to ship or transfer "controlled" technology, data, or items to certain countries outside of the United States (the technology, data, or items are considered to be "controlled" if found on the EAR Commerce Control List or the ITAR Munitions List). This includes the transfer of "controlled" technology, data, or items to foreign nationals within the U.S. (i.e., deemed export) or outside the U.S.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers a number of different sanction and embargo programs. The sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals. Some export licenses may be issued to ship or transfer technology, data, or other items to sanctioned countries on a case-by-case basis. For example, the shipping of cotton seed to Iran requires a license or permission from OFAC.

Please note: An item does not have to be military in nature to require a license. View OFACs complete listing of sanctions.

OFAC administered sanctions not only cover the export of goods, they also cover the export of services. For example, distance learning services may not be provided to Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria under the current OFAC sanctions without a license. See the University of South Florida's Distance Learning policy (PDF).

Keep in mind that foreign countries also have their own import regulations that must be followed.

Please contact the Office of Export Controls, 974-5638 or by email for detailed information regarding the restrictions and sanctions on the countries listed below and/or for an export control review of your collaborative or travel plans.


ITAR - International Traffic in Arms Regulations

  • Afghanistan
  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • Central African Republic
  • China
  • Cuba*
  • Cyprus
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Haiti
  • Iran*
  • Iraq
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Russian Federation and occupied Crimea
  • Somalia
  • Sudan*
  • Syria*
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe


EAR - Export Administration Regulations

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Crimea
  • Cuba*
  • Georgia
  • Iran*
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Sudan*
  • Syria*
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam


OFAC - Office of Foreign Assets Control

  • Balkans (Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, including Kosovo)
  • Belarus
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Crimea
  • Cuba*
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iran*
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • North Korea*
  • Somalia
  • Sudan*
  • Syria*
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

* Indicates comprehensive sanctions