Shipping & Procurement
There are many rules and regulations pertaining to the shipment of goods from the U.S. to a foreign country. Sending or taking export-controlled information, technology, and items outside of the U.S., whether temporarily or permanently, is considered an export and may require a license of authorization. Allow time for advance review by the Office of Research Integrity to ensure shipments comply with applicable U.S. controls. Please note that the shipment or transport of materials such as laptops, GPS units, scientific instruments, or prototypes outside of the U.S. for the purposes of research, conference demonstrations, or peer collaboration is considered an export and will also require a review and export license determination.
Shipments controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) must be handled in strict compliance with the export regulations. Failure to obtain appropriate export licenses or other government approval, and/or failure to file correct export documentation or shipping documents can result in severe fines and other penalties.
International shipments require complex processing and should not be attempted by individuals. Contact the Office of Research Integrity prior to engaging in any type of international shipping of items, software, technology, or technical data related to UTC activities to any location outside the U.S.
Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) identifying foreign nationals or organizations as recipients must undergo compliance review by the Office of Research Integrity following submission to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Export-controlled items purchased by UTC personnel for use in research or other activities may be subject to physical security controls. Examples include drones, firearms, rockets, chemicals, toxins, lasers, and sensors. These items should be inventoried and may require labeling and secured storage.
UTC’s Office of Research Integrity is available to help UTC researchers navigate international shipping and procurement processes; contact us at [email protected].