License Exceptions for Temporary Exports/Reexport (TMP or BAG)

Items such as commodities, software, and technology taken or sent outside of the U.S. may require an export license pursuant to export control laws and regulations. An item's export control classification may mean no license is required to export the item to your destination country. If a license to export your items is not needed, then pursuing a license exception is unnecessary.

The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) provide an export license exception for the temporary export or reexport of certain items, technology, or software (electronic devices, laptops, cellphones, and PDAs) for professional or personal use as long as regulatory criteria are met. The EAR allow an export license exception for the temporary export (TMP) of qualified "tools of trade". "Tools of trade" is defined as items that are used for UND business, conferences, trade shows, etc. The TMP exception only applies to UND property.

The TMP exception includes items, software and technology that can be:

• Hand carried during your travel (e.g., laptop computers, PDAs, cellular phones);
• Packed in your luggage or baggage; or
• Shipped either before you travel or while you are present in your destination country.

To be eligible for the TMP exception, you must maintain effective control of the item or software during your travel, return the item or software to the U.S. within one year of export, and not take the item to or through embargoed countries.

An export license exception for the temporary export of personal baggage (BAG) is also available.

Neither the TMP nor BAG exception applies to:

• Satellite or space-related equipment, components, or software regulated by the EAR;
• Technology associated with high-level encryption products;
• Defense items, technical data, or software regulated by the ITAR;
• Nuclear or atomic energy items regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or Department of Energy; or
• Shipping or hand-carrying items, technology or software to countries designated in Country Group E:1 of the EAR.