- Q.Are there certain countries you cannot ship Microsoft products to?
Yes. Microsoft products are subject to U.S. sanctions and may not be exported without export authorization to:
These countries are commonly referred to as the E country group. See the Export Administration Regulations Supp. 1 to Part 740.
- Q.May I take Microsoft encryption software overseas temporarily on my laptop computer?
Yes. License exceptions TMP and BAG, described in the Export Administration Regulations, may be applicable to your situation, subject to certain conditions.
Please be aware some destinations may either restrict, or have an import formality, for encrypted devices or certain encryption software and do not recognize a "personal use exemption". Before traveling to certain countries with a Microsoft encryption controlled item consult with an export expert or visit the State Department International Travel site.
- Q.What can you tell me about restrictions on encryption in countries other than the U.S.?
Microsoft products with encryption are marketed and distributed in every country in the world, except those restricted under U.S. law. A number of countries have laws on the books that could potentially affect the import or use of encryption, though many of these laws are interpreted so that they are not enforced against mass market software products. Some countries regulate the import or export of strong encryption software by either a system of waivers, Open General (comprehensive) or individual (specific) licenses. All exporters must observe the specific licensing processes and policies of those countries. Microsoft is unable to provide legal advice to its customers. When in doubt, customers should consult their own legal counsel.
- Q.Where can I find Microsoft downloads?
The Download Center is your comprehensive resource for all Microsoft downloads. Windows Update and Office Updateprovide downloads tailored to your PC.
- Q.What does the label "For Distribution in U.S./Canada Only" mean?
This label is part of Microsoft's software channel distribution policies. It is not specifically related to export controls on encryption software.
- Q.What is the classification of Windows Operating System in EU? Singapore?
Windows is eligible for the General (Mass Market) Crypto Note to Category 5, Part dual use controls (International List).
- Q.What are export controls? Where can I find information about U.S. export controls?
See Exporting Overview or go to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security at http://www.bis.doc.gov.
- Q.Our company requires a software questionnaire be completed, please fill out this questionnaire…
Microsoft policy is to provide product ECCN and license type, see www.microsoft.com/en-us/exporting/eccn.aspx for this information.
- Q.What is Microsoft's ERN?
Microsoft's ERN is R100177. This Encryption Registration Number means that Microsoft has provided the information about our business and products to the Bureau of Industry and Security and is authorization to export encryption items under License Exception ENC, as "mass market" items or through a self-classification without review by the BIS as detailed in the Export Administration Regulations.
- Q.What is the difference between HS and Schedule B numbers for Microsoft products?
There is a difference between the HS classification number and the Schedule B number. The HS number is an internationally accepted code. The basic HS code contains 6-digits, known as a subheading. The Schedule B is a 10-digit code built upon the first 6 digits of the HS code.
The Harmonized System (HS) Classification is a 6-digit standardized numerical method of classifying traded products. HS numbers are used by customs authorities around the world to identify products for the application of duties and taxes. In the United States, numbers used to classify exported products are called “Schedule B” numbers. Schedule B numbers, not HS numbers, must be provided on the Shippers’ Export Declaration (SED) or AES filings.
For more information visit the Census Bureau or export.gov.