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Export Compliance

eShip@Penn is designed to help  shippers at Penn comply with Export Control Laws (ECLs), a complex set of federal regulations designed to protect U.S. national security; to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; to further U.S. foreign policy including the support of international agreements, human rights and regional stability; and to maintain U.S. economic competitiveness.  ECLs govern how information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas to anyone, including U.S. citizens, or to foreign nationals in the U.S. Failure to comply with ECLs can result in severe consequences for the University of Pennsylvania as well as the individual researchers, including fines of up to $1 million per violation, up to 20 years imprisonment, and debarment from future exporting activities.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in collaboration with Penn Global, has created a new website to help faculty navigate compliance requirements and other issues related to international collaboration and global engagement activities in the current environment. The website can be found at:


The Office of Research Services manages the University's ECL and all questions regarding these issues as they relate to shipping packages should be directed to:

The Office of Research Services
3451 Walnut Street, Room P-221
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205