U.S. Export Regulatory Obligations for Gravimeters
Export Control Basics
Gravimeters are controlled by US export regulations. The export regulation depends upon the accuracy of the gravimeter, whether it is mobile or not, and even how it is manufactured. In particular, End-users who want to purchase an FG5 must have an export license in any country where they are controlled. An export license is not required in every country, but it is important to determine if a license is necessary before purchasing a gravimeter. Micro-g will apply for any licenses that are required, however this requires specific END-USER information and will require cooperation from the purchaser.
The End-User must accept the responsibility to follow US re-export regulations as well as any export regulations of their country when re-exporting these gravimeters to another country. This is true for temporary exportation for experimental or survey purposes, even if the equipment remains in the possession of the original End-user. In some cases, the re-exportation regulations are less restrictive than for an export license. Below we describe the process for determining whether or not an export license is required for purchase of a gravimeter and also for determining whether a re-export license is needed in cases where the End-User wants to take their gravimeter to another country. Micro-g is quite happy to apply for any re-export licenses on the behalf of End-Users.
Export Classification 6A007
The most restrictive class of gravimeters and gradiometers is given the control number 6A007a. Generally these gravimeters have an accuracy of better than 10 mGal. A complete description of this regulation is given below. The full regulation can be found at http://www.access.gpo.gov/bis/ear/txt/ccl6.txt
6A007 Gravity meters (gravimeters) and gravity gradiometers, as follows (see List of Items Controlled).
Reason for Control: NS, MT, AT
How To Determine Which Countries Need Export Licenses
The countries that require an export permit can be determined by reviewing the U.S. Export Regulatory Commerce Country Chart found at
Re-Export License Exceptions
Micro-g LaCoste customers (end-users) who own a gravimeter, which is controlled under Export Commerce Control Number 6A007, are subject to the same export license requirements when shipping or exporting their gravimeter to certain countries. This includes temporary shipments for survey purposes. The re-exportation regulations are a bit less restrictive than the regulations for the original export license but these rules must be followed when re-exporting controlled equipment. In general, a re-exportation license is required for any country which would need an export license as described above. However, there are some license exceptions that are described in Export Administration Regulation 740.16 (3) (ii) This regulation can be found at:
Applying For An Export License
MicrogLaCoste will apply for export licenses but the following information is needed from the End-User.