When your small business expands into markets overseas, you must determine if the product you plan to export has been assigned an Export Control Classification Number by the U.S. Department of Commerce. AN ECCN is a five-character alpha-numeric code used to identify product types on the Commerce Control List. It determines whether your business must apply for an export license under the Export Administration Regulations before the product is shipped out.
Finding an ECCN
There are several ways to find the right ECCN for a product you plan to export. If you are a wholesaler or retailer, contact the manufacturer of the item and request its ECCN. Products that have been exported in the past by other businesses likely have an assigned classification. Alternatively, consult a hard or electronic copy of the CCL, and find an ECCN for your item by looking up the category and group that most closely describes it. You can also submit an online commodity classification request for an ECCN through the Simplified Network Application Process - Redesign system available on the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security website.