The Export Request Form [Export Request Form] should be utilized anytime a UMD employee needs to ship or carry hardware/material, other than laptops or phones (see Travel), outside of the US or anytime a researcher needs to provide proprietary technical information to a foreign person (including students, staff, or faculty). The department is ultimately responsible for making the determination of whether or not a license is required. It is extremely important to make this determination prior to export due to the substantial penalties that can be levied against both the institution and the individual for a violation. The Export Compliance Office (ECO) will assist departments in determining whether or not a license is required for the shipment and, if required, obtaining the required license. IMPORTANT NOTE: Export licenses can take several months for preparation and processing time. It is critical to make the license determination as soon as possible to avoid program delays.