Exportable and Embargoed Countries for Thermal Infrared Imaging Camera Sales
Exporting Thermal Cameras, Infrared Cameras or Infrared Sensors to certain countries may be restricted by the United States Government and many fall under “ITAR”, “International Traffic in Arms Regulations”. All ITAR items are designated by the U.S. Department of State.
Some cameras fall under a specific ECCN Codes or an Export Control Classification Number. ECCN items are governed by the U.S. Department of Commerce “Bureau of Industry and Security”. Most countries can purchase uncooled microbolometer based, 9 Hz thermal imaging cameras without restriction. This depends on the sensor size and pixel pitch. For example an ICI 9640 S, 9 Hz 640 x 480 microbolometer camera with 17 um pixel pitch can be exported to most non embargoed countries. Thermal Cameras with Pixel pitch smaller than 17 um may be an issue. This is determined by the U.S. Department of State. The map below is for informational purposes only, and may not accurately reflect current export or import laws. Most ICI Cameras have a CJ or Commodity Jurisdiction Code for them but some do not. When shipping a camera outside the U.S. it best to be safe and ask as the penalty for getting it wrong can be prison.
All countries designated with the color green are “Wassenaar Agreement” countries and currently able to purchase microbolometer based thermal imaging cameras up to 384×288 pixel resolution and 17 um pixel pitch without restrictions. The Countries on this list change and are updated so make sure before you buy or ship a system. Those marked with red may be considered “banned” countries and restrictions will apply.
Many countries can receive thermal imaging cameras with restrictions and proper documentation. As the law varies from country to country, please, consult with ICI or your export expert to learn the exact restrictions and documents needed for export, if any.
List of Countries where an Export License is no longer required:
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
To Read More About Government Regulations Concerning Infrared Camera Exports read the Critical Technology Assessment: Night Vision Focal Plane Arrays, Sensors and Cameras document.