International Traffic in Arms Regulation

The U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR"), administered by the Department of State, regulates the export of "defense items," also known as "munitions," or, in other words, items determined to have inherent military properties.  The ITAR also regulates information (or "technical data") and assistance (such as training), called "technical services," relating to the controlled items.  An item originally identified as having a military purpose may continue to be identified as a "defense article" even after any defense function has lapsed.  For example, certain sophisticated equipment (such as infra-red night-vision goggles used for basic research) are covered by State Department export controls as "defense articles," even if they have no military purpose for an institution and can be readily purchased both here and overseas. 

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ITAR Munitions List

Department of State - U.S. Munitions List (USML)
Please refer to Part 121

  • Category I
    Firearms, Close Assault Weapons and Combat Shotguns
  • Category II
    Materials, Chemicals, Microorganisms, and Toxins
  • Category III
    Ammunition/Ordnance
  • Category IV
    Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs and Mines
  • Category V
    Explosives and Energetic Materials, Propellants, Incendiary Agents and Their Constituents
  • Category VI
    Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment
  • Category VII
    Tanks and Military Vehicles
  • Category VIII
    Aircraft and Associated Equipment
  • Category IX
    Military Training Equipment
  • Category X
    Protective Personnel Equipment
  • Category XI
    Military Electronics
  • Category XII
    Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical and Guidance and Control Equipment
  • Category XIII
    Auxiliary Military Equipment
  • Category XIV
    Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents, and Associated Equipment
  • Category XV
    Spacecraft Systems and Associated Equipment
  • Category XVI
    Nuclear Weapons, Design and Testing Related Items
  • Category XVII
    Classified Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated
  • Category XVIII
    Directed Energy Weapons
  • Category XX
    Submersible Vessels, Oceanographic and Associated Equipment