Regulations and Policies Affecting Exports
Governments use export controls for a variety of reasons. Such controls are often intended to achieve certain desired political and economic objec tives. The first U.S. export control was introduced in 1775 when Continen tal Congress outlawed the export of goods to Great Britain. Since then, the United States has restricted exports to certain countries through legislation such as the Embargo Act, Trading with the Enemy Act, the Neutrality Act, and the Export Control Act.