A U.S. export license is required for government and military end users outside the EU license-free zone. The license process is composed of three (sometimes four) process steps. The License Questionnaire is not the License Application.
Part 1: License Questionnaire
The license questionnaire is the document the export agent uses to prepare the license application. Export Operations needs good information from the person most knowledgeable about the order so that we can prepare the License Application. It will take 48 hours to process a License Questionnaire, and to let the submitter know if we have accepted or rejected the information.
Part 2: Application
Export Operations prepares the License Application on behalf of the end user and submits it to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Department of Commerce acknowledges the application with a Z number. We send the Z number to the submitter.
Part 3: License Review by U.S. Department of Commerce
The U.S. Government will take a minimum of 60 days to review the license application. Licenses applications can undergo multiple U.S. interagency reviews including but not limited to the Departments of Defense, National Security Agency, and the FBI. Export Operations has no control over which U.S. government agencies review the license, how long the review process may take.
Part 4: Pre-Shipment Inspection
As a condition of the license,the U.S. Department of Commerce may choose to impose a pre-shipment inspection. Cisco will work with the U.S. government to schedule the inspection; however, Cisco has no control over when the government will choose to complete it. If a pre-shipment inspection is required, Export Operations will contact you.
Upon receipt of a valid License Questionnaire, it takes Export Operations generally 10 days to prepare and submit the License Application. The 60-day wait begins from the time the License Application is submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
It is imperative that Export Operations receives a License Questionnaire as soon as it is requested,and that any questions Export Operations may have about the information submitted are answered fast and completely. We only ask for the information we need to process the form. please help us by providing accurate answers to the License Application questions.
This is most of our license work. Anything defense related, military, civil justice,or police will always require a new license. Most ministries will also require a new license.
Exemptions are used on a case by case basis for orders that can qualify under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Export uses these exemptions on projects that appear to be infrastructure. Export will release orders without a license questionnaire if we can apply these exemptions. TELCO, water, and power are generally the types of orders that can be granted this exemption.
Encryption License Arrangements
Export Operations has special license arrangements for some types of government and military agencies. These are called Encryption License Arrangements (ELAs). We have applied for these licenses for very large organizations, such as the United Nations. They are location- and equipment-specific. A License Questionnaire is required for these orders.
Addresses on License Questionnaires
Export Operations Has Asked for a License Questionnaire
License Questionnaire issues are handled by Export Operations.
My Company Can File Its Own U.S. Export Licenses
If your company has clearance to file its own U.S. export licenses, please contact Export Operations. If you have questions about the Certified Partner Stocking Program, or can demonstrate the ability to file for your own U.S. export licenses, please go to Certified Partner Stocking Program.