Category: EAR

Appropriate to the Season and to something that should stay with us all throughout the year... On the first day of Christmas my company gave to me- A Management Compliance Policy which establishes my management’s and my company’s commitment to export compliance; On the second day of Christmas my company gave to me- An Export...

It’s almost Thanksgiving and when I think Thanksgiving, I think about traditions. Truthfully, no one in my family even likes turkey and we’ve discussed deviating from eating it every year, but we just can’t do it! Why? Tradition! We have all kinds of traditions at this time of year: fighting over (ahem, I mean breaking)...

Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation may both soon garner a new title – “Foreign Adversary”. For those unfamiliar with the title in the context of business and trade, “Foreign adversary” means any foreign government or foreign non-government person engaged in a long-term pattern or serious instance of conduct significantly adverse to the national security of...

Export classification can be tricky enough on its own, but add in encryption and you have a whole different ball game. I like to equate encryption to baseball, because putting something into an analogy helps me understand it better. An entire game of baseball from beginning to end can be really hard to sit through...

On August 30th, BIS published Due Diligence Guidance regarding exports, re-exports, and transfers to Pakistan. With the increased concern regarding Pakistan’s nuclear program and risks of diversion, BIS is urging companies to conduct additional due diligence when it comes to transactions destined for Pakistan. The guidance highlights supplemental licensing requirements, as well as best practices...

We all get stuck in our ways sometimes. Some of us have had the same hair since 1980, others of us can’t let go of that old sweatshirt from high school. Some have trouble embracing the latest fashion trends. Those things can all be overlooked, but your Compliance Manual should always embrace the latest regulations....

Capital One is famous for its slogan, “What’s in your wallet?”  But in the world of trade compliance officers, the pertinent question might be, “What’s in your compliance plan?” Earlier this year, OFAC published “A Framework for Compliance Commitments.”  This framework provides direction and insight into what the agency believes are essential elements of a...

The interim rule from the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense and NASA was published on August 7, 2019 and becomes effective today, August 13, 2019.  As a requirement of NDAA 2019, the rule prohibits federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications and video surveillance equipment, along with any “substantial or essential component of any system, or...

Discussions on the fringes of the G-20 Summit have apparently led to a potential lessening of the restrictions against Huawei and at least some of its affiliates.  These sanctions and the ensuing discussions certainly overshadowed the eight themes of the summit (Global Trade, Economy, Investment, Innovation, Environment and Energy, Employment, Women’s Empowerment, Development and Health). ...

So, you think your computer is fast?  The U.S., China, the European Union and Japan are in a race to build exaflop-capable supercomputers.  These machines would be capable of processing 1 quintillion - or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 - calculations per second.  In the latest action to help the United States in this race, on June 24, 2019,...