Should my Company Have a DDTC Registration?

Simply put, you should register with DDTC if you work with ITAR items.

DDTC registration is a confusing – and often – misunderstood aspect of trade compliance. Simply put, if your company works with ITAR items (whether they be products or services), and you are located in the United States, then you should be registered with the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). This is true even if your company does not export.

What does DDTC registration actually mean? Once again, you’ll find a lot of misinformation out there. Many companies make false or misleading statements about their DDTC registration … likely out of ignorance of the ITAR.

Registration does not mean

If your company is registered with DDTC, it does not mean that:

  • You are approved to export ITAR controlled items.
  • You are ITAR compliant.
  • You are ITAR “certified.”
  • The U.S. Government has approved you to perform ITAR work.
  • You understand and comply with all aspects of the ITAR

Registration does mean

Here’s what DDTC registration actually means:

  • By registering, your company is complying with Part 122 of the ITAR.
  • Your company has a registrant code, which will enable you to apply for ITAR export licenses, agreements or claim ITAR exemptions with DDTC.
  • DDTC is aware that your company engages in ITAR-controlled work.

If you have questions about registration or need help, our team of ITAR experts can guide you through every step of the process. Perhaps more importantly, we can also help you figure out the next steps of compliance. After all, registration is the easy part. What happens next is where most companies get into trouble.

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