Export controls


Export controls

Indirect Tax

Deloitte's customs and global trade specialists around the world can help businesses establish an international business strategy designed to manage costs and global trade regulatory requirements while leveraging innovative technology solutions.

Export controls are regulations designed to support national and international security measures aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (“WMD”) and maintaining regional stability. These restrictions apply not only to military-related items but also “dual-use” items, including goods, software and technology widely used in industries such as telecommunications, aerospace & defence, life sciences, oil & gas, nuclear energy, chemicals, and manufacturing.

Our global export controls team has specialists with experience in US, EU Member State-specific and other jurisdictions’ national export control regulations. Our team consists of lawyers, ex-government officials, industry experts and consultants, with significant experience in trade compliance. The team has particular experience in reviewing, developing and implementing comprehensive global export compliance programmes.

Our services include:


Trade compliance and assessments or reviews

  • Develop effective customs and global trade compliance assessment programs
  • Perform detailed compliance assessments
  • Conduct export control investigations


Merger and acquisition services

  • Conduct global export controls and customs compliance pre- and post merger/acquisition due diligence
  • Provide support with post-merger/acquisition disclosures and remediation activities
  • Provide post-merger/acquisition integration support


Compliance reviews (risk assessments and investigations)

Compliance program development (training, organizational design, policy and procedures)

  • Support internal compliance program design
  • Advise on global trade compliance organizational structure
  • Draft global customs and export control regulations technical manuals
  • Develop tailored standard operating procedures
  • Business Model Optimization
  • Business cases

Trade compliance human capital review

  • Review current customs and global trade organizational structure and resourcing levels from an export controls perspective
  • Assess resourcing needs based on qualitative and/or quantitative analyses of business requirements and estimated workloads

Trade compliance training

  • Design and implement training programs for organizations
  • Develop and provide multi-jurisdictional export controls and customs regulations training
  • Indirect Tax eLearning: Develop online training courses on multi-jurisdictional export controls and customs regulations
  • Business cases

Trade automation

Tax Enabled ERP focusing on:

  • Support trade management solution vendor selection
  • Support implementation of SAP Global Trade Services, Oracle Global Trade Management, and similar solutions
  • Support global trade software functionality benchmarking and fit-gap assessments
  • Provide and implement automated compliance tools

Export classification and licensing support

  • Conduct mass export control classification support services focused on all relevant jurisdictions
  • Develop and implement export compliance policies, procedures, and governance
  • Provide global customs classification support and advisory services

Government relations support

  • Support with engaging/liaising with government authorities; both export control and customs
  • Support with government audits

Advisory services

  • Ad-hoc export control, customs, and sanctions advisory services in relation to specific transactions