Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is Denied Party Screening (DPS)?

The U.S. Government maintains several lists of entities and individuals who are subject to sanctions and generally with whom U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting business.  In certain instances, companies should not make proposals to some of these entities, without prior approval from the U.S. Government.

Some examples of restricted entities will include those with connections to or ties with embargoed countries, previous export control violations and/or Involvement in certain types of activities such as:

  • Global Terrorism Sanctions
  • Narcotics Kingpin Sanctions
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Proliferators
  • Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons,
  • Iran, Lebanon and Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria Sanctions Acts
  • Scientific Studies & Research Center Employee-Syria

Conducting Denied Party Screening (DPS) is a key element of your compliance program. ECScreening.com is able to screen all parties involved in export transactions, with the purpose of exploring whether each party is eligible to participate in the transaction.  DPS helps to ensure the permissibility of all export transactions.

  1. Who is responsible for screening parties through DPS?

Everyone involved in the export transaction is expected to perform their due diligence in order to ensure the permissibility of each transaction.  Companies, exporters, freight forwarders, and intermediaries are all responsible for making sure each export transaction fits within the export laws, regulations, and best practices.

  1. Who within my day-to-day business operations do I need to screen?

The following parties, as applicable, should be screened:

  • Countries
  • Customers
  • Suppliers and subcontractors
  • Consignees and intermediate consignees
  • Freight forwarders
  • Banks or other financial institutions
  • Visitors and the organization they represent
  • Sales representatives
  • Consultants
  • Merger and acquisition parties
  • New hires/Interns
  • Contract workers
  • Agents
  • Service providers-Vendor machine operators/cleaning services
  • Contractors
  • Manufacturers
  • “Pay to” parties
  • “Pay from” parties
  • “Ship to” parties
  • End users, if known
  • Recipients of technical data
  • Other business partners

  1. Are the searches limited to sanctioned lists or are there other sources used by the database?

ECScreening.com is proud to offer a thorough and up-to-date Denied Party Screening list.  We not only incorporate all sanctioned lists within our DPS list, but also include relevant lists from around the globe, as well as staying abreast of current events in order to bring you the best DPS list possible.

  1. If a person has known aliases, will the DPS provide known aliases back to the customer?

Yes.  Known aliases of people or entities will be provided within the search.

  1. What is the Country Alert List?

Country alerts include State Department 126.1 prohibited destinations, countries subject to Commerce Department restrictions, and countries subject to OFAC sanctions programs.

  1. How do you maintain an audit trail using the ECS Denied Party Screening services?

Once you have a positive hit, you can save your results as a pdf and save to your hard drive. You can also save the information in “My Saved Results and run a continuous search list in “My Search List” to demonstrate your commitment to compliance through Denied Party Screening.

  1. How long does the system keep the audit trail?

The system will store the results for as long as you have a contract with ECScreening.com.

  1. Is there a limitation on number of searches?

The beauty of ECScreening.com is that searches are always unlimited as long as you have an active subscription plan.

  1. How secure is the data that is contained into your system?

ECScreening.com utilizes various state of the art security measures to keep our data safe. Our site utilizes SSL/TLS to ensure that connections to our server are secure and the data that passes through the connections is encrypted. Servers that host ECScreening.com are subject to 24/7 network monitoring. Additionally, the servers have redundant routers for consistent connections, are backed up with an uninterrupted power supply, as well as a backup diesel generator to keep things running smoothly in case of power significant power issues.

  1. How often is the ECScreening.com updated?

ECS' s team of experts stays apprised daily of changes to export controls and events in order to ensure the most accurate search experience for our valued clients. Some lists require daily updating due to what they reference; others require less frequent updating and are reviewed with optimum and appropriate time sequences.

  1. What do I do if there is a “hit/search” result for my search?

In the event there is a hit/search result for your search term, you will need to use the information button to read the results closely to determine if they apply to your export transaction. You then may find that the hit on your entry will not prohibit or otherwise affect your transaction, or else you may find that it does prohibit or otherwise affect your transaction.   You can copy PDF search results into a master folder and/or save it to your “My Saved Results” file.

  1. Can I get a free trial?

Absolutely.  To obtain a coupon code for a free trial, please  contact us.

  1. Whom do I contact for more information?

Please call our toll-free number 833-327-3771 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Or send us a message anytime.

  1. What other services does ECS offer?

ECS is proud to offer a comprehensive array of export compliance consulting, training, and staffing services to best fit your company needs.  Our highly collaborative staff is comprised of former government and defense industry professionals and executives. All take pride in helping organizations large and small achieve stellar compliance programs. ECS experience is vast--and is your one-stop advantage when working with us to meet your compliance needs and questions.  Please visit our website for more detail.