A commodity jurisdiction (CJ) request seeks to determine whether an item or service is subject to the export licensing authority of the Department of Commerce or the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). BIS is the licensing agency for dual-use exports, while the DDTC licenses defense articles and services.
The purpose of a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) request is to determine whether an item or service is covered by the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and therefore subject to export controls administered by the U.S. Department of State pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
If after reviewing the USML and other relevant parts of the ITAR, in particular ITAR §120.3 and §120.4, a person is unsure of the export jurisdiction of an item or service, he/she should request a CJ determination.