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:  Trade tool (Alternatively, inquiries should be directed to

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A:  Items eligible for export license exception ENC under paragraph 740.17(b)(1) or 740.17(b)(3) may either be self-classified or formally reviewed by BIS.
740.17(b)(1) and 740.17(b)(3) items may have an ECCN of 5A002.A (for hardware) or 5D002.C.1 (for software) and in conjunction, indicate "Unrestricted" in the Encryption Status field.
Items classified as ENC, 740.17(b)(2) will have an ECCN of 5A002.A (for hardware) or 5D002.C.1 (for software) and in conjunction indicate “Restricted” in the Encryption Status field of the PEPD tool.

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A: Please follow the below guidance for Cisco products:

Cisco does not provide completed SC037 questionnaires or copies of CCATS, other than to government agencies as needed for export/import approvals

The Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department (HK TID) SC037 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 works with HK TID on the up-to-date and appropriate supporting documents for pre-classification by way of the outlined process below.

First, if you have previously submitted an application with HK TID for the same exact Product ID and description, use the pre-classification number obtained from that submission for your current application.

You may search the HK TID database here to see if the Product ID has been previously submitted:

Provide your pre-classification number and corresponding Product ID and description to with the subject line: HK TID Pre-class Number. Cisco will update our Pre-class log with this information here:

If you do not have a Pre-classification number or applying for a completely new Product ID us the NEW HK TID Process for pre-classification and license applications for Cisco product below.

This process utilizes a self-serve tool intended to reduce the amount of processing time for HK TID application submissions. The Confirmation Letter should be submitted directly to HK TID in place of the SC037 for Cisco Product IDs found in the PEPD tool.

Go to the Cisco Systems Country Classification page here: (!/countryClassification

Select Hong Kong in the Country drop down field.

Enter the exact and complete Cisco Part IDs using comma separated format.  Select the query type and enter all other required info.

Export and Contract Compliance.

The query will output the Confirmation Letter(s) corresponding to each ECCN for all found Part IDs.  The letter(s) may be submitted with the application to HK TID.  Click the link to download the Confirmation Letter.


If the part IDs are not found review the parts to make sure they were input correctly.

Please be sure to include any required data sheets or technical information which may be found in the below links.

Data sheets or technical information may be found in the below links.


IMPORTANT: The following process pertains to the HK TID licensing process only.
The following process should NOT be used for other purpose than 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

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 form (include a copy of the confirmation letter as described above if the product is not on HK TID database).

If HK TID notifies you that additional information is required regarding a Cisco product, please contact for further assistance and include in the subject line: HK TID Request.

HK TID may be contacted at the following e-mail address:

If none of the above submission processes meet your application requirements, please contact for further assistance and include in the subject line: HK TID Request .with the submission details including any Product IDs, corresponding HK TID Receipt number, etc

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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 (hardware), or EAR99 (software), 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.