The Office of Trade Compliance (OTC) provides guidance and assistance to the Universtiy community on a variety of  trade-related issues, including: research compliance, international engagement, visas, visitors, travel, procurement and imports. How can we help you?

About OTC

The Office of Trade Compliance is part of Pitt Research and houses subject matter experts in a variety of trade related issues.  The OTC is responsible for identifying areas at the University that are affected by trade regulations and working with those areas to develop systems and procedures that comply with the regulations. The OTC is also responsible for developing and offering regular training sessions for the community as well as providing advice that covers various topics of interest. 

International Engagement

Making a global impact while remaining compliant in the current geopolitical environment can be a challenge for faculty, staff and students.  The Office of Trade Compliance has assembled information for the Pitt research community to understand the current regulatory landscape and to reinforce the varying compliance obligations. These at-a-glance charts can be helpful in answering simple questions and providing additional resources for questions that require deeper analysis.

International Travel

Planning international travel?  Before you pack your bags, visit https://tradecompliance.pitt.edu/international-travels for assistance with navigating the complex export control regulations when traveling with commodities, software, and technical data.  You can even request tailored travel guidance based upon your destination and planned activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions for your convenience.


The University of Pittsburgh is proud to be an intellectual destination for visiting scientists, scholars, researchers, and employees from industry and other academic institutions. We welcome domestic and international visitors from both the public and private nonprofit sectors who wish to participate in research, educational, and other scholarly activities. The Office of Trade Compliance oversees the visitor process. The Academic Visitors website provides helpful information and procedural guidance for University faculty and staff wishing to host short- and long-term visitors. 

Remote Research

The shift of on-campus work to a remote posture may present export control risks. U.S. export control laws and regulations must be considered before you or your team conduct research outside the U.S.