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Export Control Automated Support System (ECASS)


ECASS was implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1985 to automate a paper-based system. The system currently provides:

  1. electronic submission of export application forms directly by exporters;
  2. optical character recognition of applications submitted on paper;
  3. paperless workstations for all licensing officers to review the application, route it to other officers, branches, or external agencies, and to enter their final action along with riders and conditions;
  4. automated audit of all export licenses issued;
  5. real-time management reporting on Licensing Officer workloads, average processing times, counts and times by license type, destination country, commodity code, and other data.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (formerly the Bureau of Export Administration) is expanding ECASS to include export enforcement activities.

See United States Department of Commerce; Bureau of Industry and Security.

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