Thursday, October 15, 2009

Can I sell carbon fiber without an export license?

If you work with composite materials, and you are asked to sell carbon fiber to someone abroad, be sure you have an export license. Three men found this out the hard way; WCCO reports that these men have received sentencing last week for their involvement in exporting high-modulus carbon fiber to the China Academy of Space Technology. The leader of the operation has received 3 years and 10 months of prison!

A great deal of composite material technology is protected by export licensing. If you are interested in exporting anything, first check with the US Department of Commerce. They are extremely helpful as for the most part, exporting goods is helpful to the domestic economy. Remember, you are responsible for the final destination of your product. (So make sure the carbon rocket cases being sold to a guy in Canada don't wind up in Iran...)

Photo Credit: antigone78 via flicker

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