Export & Foreign Travel


Export control regulations are a complex set of laws designed to control the transfer of information, technology, software, other items, and services considered to be important to the United States (U.S.) due to concerns regarding national security, economic competitiveness, or support of international treaties and foreign policy. Radford University is committed to fostering an open academic environment that encourages the dissemination of information resulting from research and teaching. At the same time, international activities are subject to federal regulations and policies that govern the export of items and information.  

Export Control 

  • Export controls are U.S. laws and regulations that govern the export of strategically important technology, services, and information, including equipment and technology used in research, for reasons of foreign policy and national security.
  • The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are the bodies of regulations most likely to affect research institutions.
  • Additionally, the U.S. government, through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, maintains boycotts and embargoes of certain countries that can affect many of the activities and financial transactions that take place in an academic institution.

If you are planning to ship or receive any materials to or from a foreign entity or destination, please contact the Radford University Research Compliance Office as early as possible in the process and prior to the start of any such transaction so that we may assist you with this process. Conducting any business with certain foreign parties can lead to serious ramifications for you personally and/or for Radford University, per federal law. 

Also, if you intend to collaborate or work with foreign faculty or students while working at Radford University, please contact our office as soon as possible.

Please contact us before you begin your project or conduct any business with a foreign national or entity so that we may screen the parties and/or materials with which you intend to do business, no matter how benign the material or project may appear.