May 12, 2016

Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) in the IDW

In the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), manufacturers can now provide their product ECCN to distributors via the Certification Agency/Number fields.

As international trade continues to grow, many electrical companies are starting to expand outside of their domestic market. But selling your products abroad requires additional paperwork and compliance with appropriate export regulations. IDEA is committed to helping our customers grow and maintain their global operations, and as part of our efforts to accommodate the companies involved in international business, we now encourage manufacturers to use the IDW to share their product ECCN with their authorized distributors.

What is ECCN?

An Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) is a code used by the US Department of Commerce in their Commerce Control List (CCL) to identify items for export control purposes. It came into existence after 9/11 as part of an international initiative to implement export controls for the so-called “dual-use” items – items that have both civilian and military or proliferation applications. ECCN allows for product categorization based on the type of commodity, technology, or software and its respective technical parameters and end uses.

Why do I need the product ECCN?

If you ship a commercial item from the United States abroad, your transaction is likely to be subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Knowing your product’s ECCN allows you to determine the reasons for control of the item, which transactions may require an export license based on the country of destination, and which license exceptions may apply.

The ECCN is especially important for the export of the so-called “dual-use” items – items that have both civilian and military or proliferation applications – that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Industry and Security within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Where do I enter the ECCN in the IDW?

In the IDW, you can now identify the product’s ECCN in the “Certification Agency/Number” field, as ECCN has been added to our Agency table.

If you have any questions about the ECCN, please contact Mary Shaw, Director, eBusiness Standards at or 703-562-4610.

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