Despite the glib title of this blog article, we have been noticing a trend in companies using Freight Forwarders directed by their foreign customers. The goal, in many cases, seems to be for the seller to avoid being the “Exporter of Record.”
Let’s face it: the world is rife with export “experts.” One way to handle this is to ignore the problem, and pretend that ITAR compliance doesn’t matter. If you want to take this approach, it’s certainly your choice.Another option is to ask questions that will help separate the wheat from the chaff. These 10 questions come from my personal playbook. They’ll help filter out all but the best con artists, and they’ll also identify those consultants who think they know export compliance because their former employers sent them to a seminar last year.
Earlier this month, I was reading some articles online and found the following statement about a company and its ITAR requirements (bold emphasis mine).
Very often, we talk with individuals who are focused on specific needs. They have questions like: “How do I get an ITAR license?” or “What is the ECCN for my product?” Although these questions are valid and important, sometimes companies need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
Many people focus on the need to obtain an ITAR license, without first considering whether or not an exemption may apply to their transaction. What is an exemption? Simply put, an exemption is a set of conditions which – if met – allow you to ship to your destination without the need to obtain an export license.
Have you ever been frustrated or stymied by those DoD Distribution Statements concerning Critical Technology, which appear to prohibit U.S. contractors from sharing the data with their partners in Canada? If so, you’re not alone!
The New Year is here and with the new year comes increased penalties for export violations. On January 3, 2020, the Department of Commerce published a Final Rule which adjusted the civil monetary penalty amounts for violations.
With so much recent focus on tariffs, the passage of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the House of Representatives in late December may have gone unnoticed. The House passed the USMCA after more than a year of effort to finalize and will now move to the U.S. Senate to be ratified.
This year was filled with updates and changes for both import and export regulations. From trade wars and tariffs to Export Control Reform and record-high penalties, the trade compliance community had a lot on its plate. Let's take a stroll down memory lane and look at our top 10 most popular blog posts from 2019.
In an effort to further harmonize definitions found in the ITAR and the EAR, the State Department has amended definitions found in the ITAR to align them with those published in the EAR in December of 2017. This ruling will implement similar definitions for the ITAR as currently found in the EAR which defines activities that are not exports.