The U.S. Governmental agencies define the term "Export" broadly. It is not limited to the shipment of an item to an overseas country. When applying the U.S. Export regulations, the Pitt community should be familiar with the following definitions:
  • Temporary Import (ITAR 120.18)
    Temporary import means bringing into the United States from a foreign country any defense article that is to be returned to the country from which it was shipped or taken, or any defense article that is in transit to another foreign destination.
  • Permanent Import
    Permanent imports are regulated by the Attorney General under the direction of the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (see 27 CFR parts 447, 478, 479, and 555). Under the ITAR, permanent imports of military items into the U.S. require a license.