By Janet Westadt, Export Solutions Inc.

As an American, born and raised in the United States of America, we tend to see our country as the world leader.  However, we know that the U.S. does not dictate to every other country but works well with others.  Just look at the many regimes we are a member of and actively participate in.  A good example is shown below.

After the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) Plenary meeting in December 2021, (the WA is a multilateral export control regime with 42 participating states (countries)), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced four technologies that meet the criteria of Section 1758 of the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA) which is specific to emerging and foundational technologies.

This means that the BIS is updating the Commerce Control List (CCL) and adding a new Export Control Classification Number (ECCN), 3D006, related to the four technologies which are:

  • ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors (Gallium Oxide (Ga2 O3)
  • ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors (diamond)
  • Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) software specially designed for the development of integrated circuits with any Gate-All-Around Field-Effect Transistor (GAAFET) structure
  • pressure gain combustion (PGC) technology for the production and development of gas turbine engine components or systems

Through these changes, BIS establishes appropriate controls on the export, reexport or transfer (in-country) of these emerging and foundational technologies critical to U.S. national security initiatives.

BIS further expects to announce additional changes as a result of the WA Plenary last December in a later rule.

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Janet Westadt is a Trade Compliance Specialist with Export Solutions – a firm specializing in U.S. import/export regulations.