Category: Best Practices

With the ringing in of 2015, I’m sure many of you have made some resolutions. For those of us in the trade compliance field, updating our classification matrices is certainly one of them. While we were busy ushering in the New Year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Census were...

Starting December 8th, look for a new statement to be included on all export licenses from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). As part of BIS’s ongoing effort to improve the consistency of conditions on licenses, exporters will begin seeing a new notice informing them of the scope of the license authorization on...

In my last blog article, we examined the Specially Designed Decision Tool. Today, we will explore the new “Catch and Release” concept when determining if a product meets the definition of “Specially Designed.” First, here is the definition in the current ITAR. [My Notes will be in brackets, boldface, and Italics. All underlines are my...

This is the first in a series of articles called Tools of the Trade, where we will highlight some of the most useful tools and resources for export compliance professionals. Keep checking back for future installments! Classification of items (products, software, technology, etc.) is at the heart of any compliance program. Never has this been...

For all of you diligently screening your transactions against the many restricted parties lists published by the U.S. government, you are most likely aware that some items can actually be sent to some entities on the lists. The Unverified List, published by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), was previously a...

As of January 1, 2014, all users of DDTC’s DTrade system are required to have the updated version of their digital certificate, which we originally reported on this blog in September. If you still have not upgraded to the SHA-256 certificate, it’s important to do so immediately to avoid delays in your export license processing....

If you haven’t already, it’s time to update your ITAR destination control statement on your commercial invoices. As part of the Export Control Reform that implemented on October 15, 2013, a new destination control statement should be used on your export paperwork. This change is effective immediately. The Destination Control Statement is required on the...

It’s that time of year again. The time when organizations begin to evaluate how they’ve performed over the past 12 months, and what they’ll do to improve that performance next year. Thankfully, most businesses do a better job of planning their expenses than our elected officials in Washington, D.C. That said, there’s always room for...

This month, DDTC has introduced new versions of several different forms for exporters to use with their ITAR licenses and registrations. It’s important to use these new versions of the documents, because DDTC will no longer be accepting the previous versions. Here’s a brief summary of the new documents: It’s important to make note of...

The State Department is following Commerce’s lead with reaching out to industry on the export control reform tools. As part of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) outreach efforts for the initial implementation of Export Control Reform final rule published on April 16, 2013, DDTC has developed a new web-based decision tool that will...