Category: EAR

Fans of the movie “Office Space” are familiar with the dreaded TPS Report.  Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) finalized its plans to reduce reporting requirements for certain encryption items.  This change was made “in order to reduce exporters’ regulatory burdens.” By way of background, BIS is responsible for oversight and enforcement…

Unlicensed Exports Apply To All Foreign National Students It’s been several years since the imprisonment of John Reece Roth, a former University of Tennessee electrical engineering professor who was convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud and fifteen (15) violations of exporting ITAR controlled defense articles.  Professor Roth was involved in a U.S. Air Force contract for…

In the ever-changing world of compliance, it is important to keep in step with new and changing requirements. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently rolled out some important changes to Country Groups. For those not familiar with what a Country Group is, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) has divided countries into 4 main…

While not explicitly talking about the late 19th century nursery rhyme or Ella Fitzgerald’s 1938 recording, the idea certainly rolls into what export compliance professionals need to deal with to ensure their specific business units are complying with the ever-changing DDTC /EAR regulations. Effective December 14, 2020, after almost a year and half of failed…

Santa Claus may have already done his job for 2020, but the U.S. Government continues to make their lists and check them twice.  For those of us in the trade compliance community, it has been difficult to keep up with all the various additions to the Restricted Parties Lists.  The most recent actions have been…

We have been asked quite a bit recently as to the latest controls, restrictions and activities specific to exporting to China. Where to begin? There have been many changes over the last few months. The below are short summaries of the major areas of new export controls concerning exports to China. Restrictions Involving Publicly Traded…

Change is inevitable and in today’s world, it comes rapidly.  To deal with these changes, in 2018, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) created a committee to evaluate new technologies or “Emerging Technologies” through the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA). This Act required the Department of Commerce to establish export, re-export, and transfer controls…

The United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) and the Kingdom of Bahrain have decided to end their involvement in the Arab League’s economic boycott of Israel.  On August 29, 2020, the president of the UAE announced the dissolving of the domestic boycott.  Domestic relations between the two countries were normalized when the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement was…

The Department of Commerce added another round of entities to the Entity List that is maintained by Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”). The September 22, 2020 final rule published in the Federal Register release noted here, Federal Register Notice 2020-18909, documented the addition of forty-seven (47) new entities spanning multiple countries; specifically Canada, China,…

In a press release earlier this month, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a tightening of controls against Chinese tech firm Huawei Technologies.  BIS also added an additional 38 Huawei affiliates to the Entity List – an action that will impose a license requirement for all items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)…