Export Compliance Assistance Program
An enhanced assistance
program to help Massachusetts businesses
The Massachusetts Export Center is pleased to introduce the Export Compliance Assistance Program. Through this program, the Massachusetts Export Center will work with your business to educate your entire staff on export regulations and practices that can be implemented to ensure compliance.
In recent years, the federal government has significantly tightened export regulations in response to growing threats to national security. Government export enforcement officials are actively pursuing companies whose export operations are not compliant with U.S. regulations. Lack of export regulatory awareness on the part of an exporter can lead to audits and a whole host of penalties, including:
It is the responsibility of all U.S. exporters to be familiar and compliant with federal export controls. Many companies mistakenly believe that they are not affected by export regulations because they produce innocuous products or sell only to "friendly" countries. Whether they know it or not, all exporters operate under U.S. export control laws, which are broad and far-reaching. Even with the help of a freight forwarder, businesses can unknowingly violate these laws. The exporter is ultimately responsible to have a thorough understanding of export regulations and to establish operating procedures aimed at preventing violations.
Export compliance requires a proactive company-wide commitment that includes all levels of the company involved with international business operations, including: CEO/President; CFO; COO; international sales & customer service; export administration; overseas operations; and shipping.
The Export Compliance Assistance Program is a free service offered through the Massachusetts Export Center's statewide network of offices: