Drones represent a viable technological tool for many different industries. There is a lot of potential regarding the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle. New advancements in drone technologies has made it possible for its use in different businesses. Dubai is set to become the first country in the world to use drone taxis. The unmanned flying vehicle is being adopted by film makers, researchers, real estate agents, farmers and police forces.

US is one of the largest makers of drones in the world. If you are thinking about starting a drone business, you should read about the current export policies regarding the unmanned vehicles in the country.

Drone Export Policies Explained

The US government had introduced new laws regarding drone exports last year. Laws governing the export of drones are strict. The policies are set in place to prevent foreign buyers from using drones for military purposes.

The sale of commercial unmanned aerial systems is controlled by the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Sale of military drones on the other hand are subject to the International Traffic in Arms and Regulations (ITAR).

Businesses that want to import drones to pursue potential business opportunities should carefully read the requirements of EAR and ITAR. They should ensure compliance with the requirements before importing drone from the US.

The policies set by the ITAR for export of military drones are strict. Sales of drones to only ‘friendly countries’ that include UK, Israel and European countries is allowed. The EAR, on the other hand, has set less stringent controls on the export of remote control (RC) and human piloted commercial drones. However, there are more strict requirements regrind the export of GPS controlled commercial drones.

Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) determines the limits of export of commercial drones. Apart from drones, ECCN also sets limits for technical data and technical assistance of drone technologies. These limits are placed for commercial drones that can be used for military purposes. You can contact the Export Controls Office to get more information in complying with the local policies regarding drone exports.

Final Remarks

Remember that nothing can be exported from the US without obtaining proper authorization. For this, you need to get the services of an IOR/EOR company. GCE Logistics can help you in exporting all types of commercial goods from the US including drones.

By availing our service, you can obtain the relevant license from the local government and fulfill all legal requirements for passing goods through the Customs. The best thing about getting help from GCE Logistics is that you don’t need to create a legal presence in the exporting country. We can handle all kinds of legal formalities for you. If you want to learn more about our extensive list of export and import services, you can contact us.