United States export control laws may place restrictions on WHAT travelers send overseas (both shipped or hand carried), WHERE they travel to, WHO they meet, and the END USE of items exported.

Are you bringing equipment, materials (e.g. biologicals) or technology on your international travel (other than laptop and cell phone)? Are you shipping items ahead?

In order to avoid travel delays and possible export violations, if you are bringing items (other than a laptop and cell phone) with you or shipping items ahead to a foreign country, please send an email as far in advance as possible to the Washington University Export Control Manager detailing the following:

  1. Item make, model number, brief description, vendor link if possible
  2. Destination country
  3. Institution you are visiting or collaborating with, if any
  4. Dates of travel
  5. Whether you will be returning the item(s) to the United States


WashU Export Control Manager

Hollie Noia

  • 314-747-1378

To learn more about WashU Export Control, please see the WashU Export Control International Travel Page.

Washington University Export Control Policy

It is Washington University’s policy, as stated in its Code of Conduct, to comply with all relevant laws and regulations applicable to the University or its activities, including the Export Control Laws. The “Export Control Laws” include but are not limited to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR § 120-130), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR § 730-774), and all economic and trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (31 CFR § 500).  No university personnel, including faculty, staff, visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, students, scholars, or any other person working for or at Washington University, may transfer any controlled items, services, information or technology in violation of the Export Control Laws or in violation of the policies and procedures implemented by the University as part of its export compliance program.


Violations of the Export Control Laws carry significant criminal and civil penalties for both the University and individuals.  Criminal penalties include up to ten (10) years’ incarceration and fines ranging up to $1,000,000+ per violation.  Violations may debar the University from receiving future federal funding. In addition to governmental penalties, the failure by University personnel to comply with the Export Control Laws may result in a recommendation for sanctions by the University, Dean, or Vice Chancellor for Research.

For individual consultations or for group educational presentations, please contact the Washington University Export Control Manager.