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I am a distributor of college textbooks. I often get requests from foreign customers for engineering textbooks containing information on missile technology. Should I be worried about EPCI/“catch-all” controls?



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Written materials that are publicly available, such as college textbooks, are not subject to the Export Administration Regulations. However, a “U.S. person,” as that term is defined in the EAR, may not support certain missile activities in any of a number of ways, including the provision of goods, the performance of a contract, and employment. See Part 744.6. While the textbooks would not, in themselves require an export license, they could be part of the impermissible support that a U.S. person is providing to a missile project and amount to a violation of the EAR.

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