Category: EAR

Here’s the first installment of my three-day coverage for this year’s BIS Update 2011 Conference in Washington, DC.  Want the full update of this year’s event?  Join us for our free webinar on Aug. 10, where we’ll recap all the highlights and answer your questions.     8:40 AM:  The day begins at the Grand Hyatt…

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently published a proposed new rule that would make significant changes in the export controls of certain items.  This is one of the bigger steps we’ve seen in recent months, and marks a move towards implementing President Obama’s overall export control reform initiative. Essentially, this rule would allow for the…

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced the implementation of the latest license exception under the EAR – the Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) exception. In a nutshell, STA allows for the export, re-export and in-country transfer of a variety of items subject to the EAR – without a license – to 36 different…

DDTC has served up a new proposed exemption for ITAR replacement parts and incorporated components. This follows several DTAG recommendations, some of which have been incorporated into the new language, and others which have not. Here’s a look at the new proposed exemption as it currently stands: We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out…

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has opened two requests for comment on different aspects of the EAR – one related to a proposed new license exception, and another seeking input on how to re-write portions of the Commerce Control List (CCL). Both requests stem from efforts to revise current policies in response to President…

PPG Industries recently agreed to fork over $3.75 million in criminal and civil fines to settle charges that it violated export laws under the EAR.  If anyone says the U.S. government is losing interest in enforcing these regulations, you might refer them to this case. The Pittsburgh-based coatings company pled guilty to charges that, in 2006, one…

At times, it feels like we spend all year telling people what they cannot export under the ITAR or EAR.  There are many items which are controlled by these regulations.  However, at this time of year, let’s spend a few minutes talking about what you can export. Below are five ways you can export some help to countries who need it…

At the beginning of Tolkien’s popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo is given a mysterious ring which has the power to control the whole world.  Today, the U.S. export control community was handed a similar prophecy by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Speaking to members of the Business Executives for National Security, Gates said the United…

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a new guide to help U.S. companies comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  This 145-page document, which is available for free here, contains a number of helpful insights, sample tools and recommendations for “How to Develop an Effective Export Management and Compliance Program.” BIS tackles the subject…

Earlier this month, President Obama announced two export control reform initiatives designed to help increase American competitiveness abroad, while also making it easier for organizations to achieve better export compliance. This is part of the president’s larger goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years.  The two key reforms aim to help protect U.S….