Export Compliance

ehip@Penn is designed to help  shippers at Penn comply with Export Control Laws (ECLs), a complex set of federal regulations designed to:

  • Protect U.S. national security
  • Prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Further U.S. foreign policy including the support of international agreements, human rights and regional stability
  • Maintain U.S. economic competitiveness  

ECLs govern how information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas to anyone, including U.S. citizens, or to foreign nationals in the U.S. failure to comply with ECLs can result in severe consequences for the University as well as the individual researchers, including fines of up to $1 million per violation, up to 20 years imprisonment, and debarment from future exporting activities.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in collaboration with Penn Global, has created a website to help faculty and staff navigate compliance requirements and other issues related to international collaboration and global engagement activities in the current environment.

The Office of Research Services manages the University's ECLs and all questions regarding these issues as they relate to shipping packages.