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Cisco Products and Export Classification - Global Export Trade

Many Cisco products are subject to export restrictions under U.S., EU and local law because they include encryption. A branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce known as the Bureau of Industry and Security regulates exports through the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). These regulations spell out export and re-export restrictions on a wide variety of goods, software, and technologies.

In the case of Cisco products containing encryption, Cisco reviews all products prior to export and classifies them in accordance with the U.S. EAR, well in advance of a product's release date. Once a review has been completed, products may become eligible for a particular license exception, such as ENC. This exception may then be used by other exporters, as provided by the U.S. EAR.

Cisco solutions and products containing encryption less than 56 bits may be delivered to most end users worldwide, except to entities or end users in the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

Cisco's encryption solutions and products containing encryption greater than 56 bits may be delivered to a wide variety of end users and destinations without having to apply for an individual export license.

Cisco's restricted solutions and products have undergone a one-time review by the U.S. government and qualify for License Exception ENC (15 CFR Part 740.17(b)(2)) of the US EAR. Cisco's unrestricted solutions and products are either self-classified or formally reviewed by U.S. BIS, and qualify for License Exception ENC (15 CFR Part 740.17(b)(1) or 740.17(b)(3) of the US EAR. Under EU export control laws, both restricted and unrestricted encryption solutions and products can be exported within the EU to EU member states, but exports outside of the EU may require a license. Mass market solutions and products normally do not require a license under US, EU and most local laws, and are exported from the US under the designation "NLR" (No License Required).

All transactions must undergo a compliance check to ensure that none of the parties to an order are listed on applicable sanctioned entity and denied party lists.
A:  PEPD tool

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A:  PEPD tool

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A:  PEPD tool (Alternatively, inquiries should be directed to cs-support@cisco.com)

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A:  Items eligible for export license exception ENC under paragraph 740.17(b)(1) may either be self-classified or formally reviewed by BIS. 740.17(b)(1) items will have an ECCN of 5A002.A.1 or 5D002.C.1 and "Unrestricted" in the Encryption Status field of the PEPD tool.
Items that are classified as ENC, 740.17(b)(2) will have an ECCN of 5A002.A.1 or 5D002.C.1 and indicate “Restricted” in the Encryption Status field of the PEPD tool. indicate “SELFCLASS” in the CCATS field and “Unrestricted” in the encryption status of the PEPD tool.

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A:  For exports from the U.S., the following guidance applies:

Cisco does not provide copies of CCATS, other than to government agencies as needed for export/import approvals.

The Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department (HK TID) Cryptography Questionnaire form is generally required by HK TID to precisely determine the export classification of a product referenced in a HK TID license application.

Cisco proactively removes the requirement on the HK TID Cryptography Questionnaire for U.S. exports by supplying a U.S. Department of Commerce formal export classification directly to HK TID.
Said another way, once Cisco supplies the formal export classification (CCATS) for a particular Cisco product to HK TID, HK TID no longer has any need to obtain the completed Cryptography Questionnaire form for that particular Cisco product from ANY Cisco customer.

IMPORTANT: The following process pertains to the HK TID licensing process only.
The following process should not be used for the HK TID pre-classification process. Further, as the export classifications of Cisco products are available from the PEPD website (described below), following the guidance of HK TID, a pre-classification is not required for Cisco products.

HK TID Licensing Process for Cisco Products

The party submitting the license application to HK TID should include a snapshot from the Cisco Public Export Product Data site for ECCN & CCATS (http://pepd.cloudapps.cisco.com/legal/export/pepd/Search.do).

For Cisco products, forms are not required as Cisco product export classification information is posted on the URL referenced above.

  1. Print the Cisco Public Export Product Data (PEPD) page containing the ECCN & CCATS information for the Cisco product SKU in question.

  2. Highlight the Cisco product to be licensed on the page just printed.

  3. Submit the highlighted page just printed along with the HK TID license application.


If HK TID needs additional information regarding a Cisco product, HK TID will contact Cisco directly.

HK TID may be contacted at the following e-mail address: stc_classification@tid.gov.hk

Further queries related to HK TID requests or HK TID encryption questionnaires regarding Cisco products should be sent to exportclass@cisco.com.

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After changes to the US EAR were published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2016, Cisco has completed a thorough review of its product lines to determine which items are eligible for re-classification under the new Operation Administration and Maintenance decontrol notes I and J to 5A002, and the corresponding software decontrol note under 5D002.c of the US EAR Commerce Control List. Items which meet the criteria of the OAM decontrol notes have been classified with a US ECCN of 5A991.c, or EAR99, accordingly, and the encryption strength of the items will remain as 128 in Cisco's PEPD tool (no other values will be assigned). Please note that not all countries recognize the Wassenaar OAM decontrol. For your convenience please refer to the ECCN Country Matrix to determine the equivalent ECCN of the country listed.