Iran is subject to comprehensive sanctions that are administered by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

OFAC-administered Sanctions

Although BIS maintains license requirements for Iran, OFAC is responsible for administering most Iran sanctions. You are not required to seek separate authorization from BIS to export or reexport an item subject to both BIS’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and OFAC’s Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) (31 CFR Part 560). However, you will also violate the EAR if you do not obtain an OFAC authorization if one is required.

Please visit OFAC’s website for information about how to apply to OFAC for a license to export to Iran.

  • OFAC may require an official BIS commodity classification for the items you wish to export or reexport to Iran. Please review BIS’s commodity classification guidance for additional information

  • If you wish to export or reexport medical items for humanitarian purposes to Iran, please refer to BIS’s illustrative list of EAR99 medical items. If your item is included in that list, you should indicate that fact in your application to OFAC. OFAC does not normally require separate BIS commodity classifications for those items.


BIS-administered Sanctions

You must obtain a license from BIS if you want to release (e.g., through visual inspection or oral communication) technology specified on the Commerce Control List to an Iranian national located inside the U.S. or in a third country (i.e., deemed export or deemed reexport). For example, such a release of technology could occur through an employment relationship or training or education program. Please refer to BIS’s deemed export and reexport guidance for additional information.



For questions regarding OFAC-administered sanctions against Iran, please visit OFAC’s website or call 800-540-6322. For questions regarding BIS-administered sanctions, you may contact the Foreign Policy Division at 202-482-4252.