Let’s face it: Export control laws can be complex, confusing and (seemingly) impossible to follow. Sometimes, the most difficult thing can be weeding through sections of the laws that don’t apply to your business, just to figure out which parts do.
With more than 100,000 words in the ITAR, and over 800 pages in the EAR, trying to grasp U.S. export laws can be a daunting task for anyone. In the end, it comes down to these key components:
- ITAR or EAR? Knowing which regulation applies to your products and services is the first step towards compliance.
- Are you exporting? Re-exporting? Or shipping domestically? Are you transferring data? Or only physical product? Who are you sending it to? What are they going to do with it? Answers to these questions are critical if you want to comply with export law.
- Thorough reading. A thorough, accurate, detailed reading of the rules and regulations is absolutely necessary. There are many sections, notes and carve-outs in the regulations, not to mention gray areas that leave plenty of room for interpretation. Often, it’s best to hire a trained professional to help you with this.
There’s no need to scratch your head as you try to translate all the legal jargon. A seasoned trade compliance expert can help you cut through the complexity and distill things down into practical, actionable steps.