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Export Compliance

Vision Statement

The Export Compliance Officer maintains responsibility for establishing, implementing, and enforcing University-wide export compliance policies, procedures, and guidelines designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the various federal laws governing the export of goods, technology, and information, including compliance with ITAR, EAR, and OFAC regulations.

The Export Compliance Officer for the University must balance the need for international collaboration in the higher education market with the requirement for all U.S. persons, including institutional persons such as The Pennsylvania State University, to fully comply with all applicable federal export control regulations in their operations. In order to accomplish this goal, the University Export Compliance Officer must work closely with faculty, staff, and senior University Administration to establish, implement, and enforce guidelines and procedures designed to minimize the practical impact on University operations while maximizing the compliance efforts of the University. Colleges, campuses, departments, units, and administrative divisions may request an internal review and consultation with the University Export Compliance Officer to determine areas of concern within their areas of control and to develop compliance procedures to effectively manage such concerns. 

Export Compliance Plan

The development of a written compliance plan is a foundational step for an effective export compliance program. The Pennsylvania University has prepared an Export Compliance Program document ("ECP") that is intended to outline the University's understanding of the impact of U.S. export control laws on the operations of an internationally-engaged, academic research institution like the University. The ECP provides links to relevant forms, materials, government and private guidance documents, and other background information. The ECP also provides links to internal University policies, procedures, and practices which have been implemented to facilitate institutional compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations.

The current ECP is available here.

Customs and Importation Support

In addition to export control concerns for safety and security purposes, when travelling with or shipping items from one country to another, researchers should consider any applicable customs obligations or importation limitations of the relevant countries.  In particular, items used in research may need to be declared to a country’s customs officials upon entry, certain items may require the payment of duties upon import into the U.S. or other countries, and temporary imports and exports may require a carnet or other customs documentation to avoid paying duties or taxes.  Moreover, certain materials, including many biological materials not otherwise controlled for export or traditional safety/security purposes, may be restricted or require a license for entry or transport within certain locations due to livestock and/or agricultural concerns.  For assistance with customs clearance and international shipment concerns, the University has designated R.L. Swearer as an authorized customs broker for Penn State.  Contact information for this vendor can be found on Penn State’s purchasing website at

Export Compliance Team

Our staff of export compliance professionals has nearly 40 years of collective experience evaluating, managing, and mitigating risks created by the intersection of federal export control laws and the operations of a multi-campus, internationally renowned institution of higher education and research. With both regulatory and technical backgrounds, we seek to help faculty, staff, and students to conduct their University activities in a manner compliant with the various laws, regulations, and guidelines which may impact our international efforts.

For assistance with any Foreign Transactions (as defined in University Policy AD89), please feel free to contact our offices using our centralized email box or contact any of the Export Compliance staff listed below.  We look forward to assisting you.

VACANT - Export Compliance Officer & Empowered Official

Dr. Margaret Chester - Export Compliance Specialist - ITAR and Export Licensing Specialist

Wanda Devlin - Export Compliance Specialist - International Travel, MTAs, and International Visitors

VACANT - Export Compliance Specialist - International Visitors, MTAs, and Office Procedures and Policies

VACANT - Administrative Support Coordinator

Jessica Fogleman - Administrative Support Assistant