Thermal Camera Export Restrictions
Exportable and Embargoed Countries for Thermal Infrared Imaging Camera Sales
Exporting Thermal Cameras, Infrared Cameras, or Infrared Sensors to certain countries may be restricted by the United States Government’s thermal camera export restrictions and many fall under “ITAR”, “International Traffic in Arms Regulations”. All ITAR items are designated by the U.S. Department of State.
Some cameras fall under a specific ECCN Codes or an Export Control Classification Number. ECCN items are governed by the U.S. Department of Commerce “Bureau of Industry and Security”. Most countries can purchase uncooled microbolometer based, 9 Hz thermal imaging cameras without restriction. This depends on the sensor size and pixel pitch. For example, an ICI 9640 S, 9 Hz 640 x 480 microbolometer camera with 17 um pixel pitch can be exported to most non embargoed countries. Thermal Cameras with Pixel pitch smaller than 17 um may be an issue. This is determined by the U.S. Department of State. The map below is for informational purposes only, and may not accurately reflect current export or import laws. Most ICI Cameras have a CJ or Commodity Jurisdiction Code for them but some do not. When shipping a camera outside the U.S. it best to be safe and ask as the penalty for getting it wrong can be prison.
All countries designated with the color green are “Wassenaar Agreement” countries and currently able to purchase microbolometer based thermal imaging cameras up to 384 x 288 pixel resolution and 17 um pixel pitch without restrictions. Thermal imaging cameras with 640 x 512 pixel resolution and up can be purchased by any country except U.S. Embargoed countries such as North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, etc as long as the frame rate is slowed to 9 Hz. The Countries on this list change and are updated so make sure before you buy or ship a system. Those marked with red may be considered “banned” countries and restrictions will apply.
Many countries can receive thermal imaging cameras with restrictions and proper documentation. As the law varies from country to country, please, consult with ICI or your export expert to learn the exact restrictions and documents needed for export, if any.
The countries shown below are Wassenaar Countries:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
Export Licenses and ITAR Restrictions
Please note that ICI does not apply for export licenses on behalf of customers – we apply for licenses only for orders that ICI is exporting. ICI also doesn’t export on behalf of US companies, i.e., take an order from a US company and deliver it to a foreign party.
Any US company that purchases a camera from that intends to export it is obligated to apply for the license themselves. ICI provides information on how to register to do that on an ‘Export Fact Sheet’ as a convenience for its customers.
In order to obtain an export license, the ultimate consignee or end user of the infrared product must furnish an end-use statement on company letterhead to ICI. The end user must also complete a BIS-711, Statement by Ultimate Consignee and Purchaser. Quoted delivery times are based upon receipt of the validated export license from the Dept. of Commerce, which takes 8-10 weeks on average, depending on the end-use application, completeness of the end-use statement, and verification of the end-user.
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR restrictions) details the regulations governing the export of defense related materials and technologies. The U.S. Munitions List (USML) categorizes goods and technologies governed by the ITAR.
Violations of the ITAR are extremely serious and can result in fines, debarment, and criminal sanctions. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the export status of ICI’s OEM thermal imaging cameras to Gary Strahan, ICI’s Manager of International Traffic, at 1-409-861-0788.