Export Controls: If the manufacturer or the supplier of goods confirms it is not on an export control list, can we accept that?

Question

If the manufacturer or the supplier of the goods confirms it is not on an export control list, can we accept that as we are not technical experts?

(This question was asked at one of our recent webinars on Export Controls. You can listen to this webinar on our recent webinars page at http://opentoexport.com/info/webinars/)

Answer

The short answer to this is No as the responsibility for compliance with export controls lies with the exporter. However, in many cases the supplier will have a lot more knowledge of the product and as you say will be in a much better position to correctly classify the item. I’m not aware of whether this has ever been tested in a court, but it would seem that unless the information provided by the supplier is obviously wrong, the best information available to you is that classification from your supplier.

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