US Commerce Dept. BIS DPL
Compliance FAQ

Q.  What is the BIS DPL list?

A.  The Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") of the U.S. Department of Commerce maintains separate lists for the purposes of the programs that it administers (including the Denied Persons List and the Entity List).

The Denied Persons List consists of individuals and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS.

The Entity List consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction.  Accordingly, U.S. exports to those entities may require a license.

Commerce Dept website:   How To Avoid Dealing With Denied Persons

Q.  Why does my business need to pay attention to this?

A.  Compliance with U.S. export controls and regulations is important to U.S. National Security, in order to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad.   All companies must ensure their exports are conducted legally.   Compliance not only involves controlled goods and technologies, it also involves restrictions on shipping to certain countries, companies, organizations, and/or individuals.   It is critical that exporters adhere to the any and all export regulations, while contributing to U.S. National Security.

Q.  Which parties should I check against the DPL list?

A.  The Commerce Department recommends checking the parties to your transaction (including freight forwarders, intermediate consignees, and the ultimate consignee) against the most recent "Denied Persons List."  

Q.  Does this only affect me if I'm exporting something?

A.  No.  The Commerce Department states that "the release of technology or source code to a foreign national, even if the foreign national is in the United States, is also 'deemed' to be an export to the home country or countries of the foreign national and may require a license under the EAR."

Q.  How come I haven't heard of this before?

A.  Government sanctions have existed for many years, but since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 the Federal government has dramatically increased its use of watch lists.  The government considers watch lists like OFAC to be a valuable weapon against terrorist and criminal organizations.

Q.  How can I ensure that my business stays in compliance?

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