Category: EAR

Proposed Legislation On March 12, 2019, a new bill was introduced in Congress.  The “Protect Our Universities Act of 2019” has at its purpose the “creation of a task force within the Department of Education to address the threat of foreign government influence and threats to academic research integrity on college campuses, and for other...

“Hey Alexa, are you a U.S. Person?”  Imagine this.  A conference call with your foreign-based customer is about to begin.  Today’s agenda includes technical discussions of recent upgrades and changes to the designs of some ITAR-controlled items.  Your Trade Compliance Officer has reviewed the material and confirmed that export authorizations are in place approving the...

This is the third post in a series of blogs about the proposed changes to USML Categories I, II and III.  Please check back for further articles in this series.  For more information about these changes, and the movement of items from ITAR to EAR, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in our series...

This is the second post in a series of blogs about the proposed changes to USML Categories I, II and III.  Please check back for further articles in this series.  For more information about these changes, and the movement of items from ITAR to EAR, check out Part 1 in our series and read the...

This is the first in a series of blogs about the proposed changes to USML Categories I, II and III.  Please check back for more updates soon.  For more information about these changes, and the movement of items from ITAR to EAR, read our post on the latest firearms Export Control Reform updates.   One...

On May 24, 2018, the Departments of State and Commerce published proposed revisions to U.S. Munitions List (USML) Categories I, II, and III in the Federal Register. These three categories would be the last USML categories to be revised under the Export Control Reform Initiative – a process that began more than nine years ago...

If you’ve spent any time in trade compliance, you’ve probably come across the term “reasonable care.”  But what, exactly, does that mean?  The ambiguous nature of this phrase has caused many different interpretations over the years.  Let’s review some practical ways to apply this principle to your global trade compliance program. The idea of “reasonable...

In addition to federal workers impacted by the current government shutdown, companies who rely on the federal government to support their import/export compliance are also feeling the impact. We thought it might be helpful to provide the status of the various government agencies involved with assisting importers and exporters during this shutdown. Please Note: This...

In recent weeks, we’ve seen significant activity from both the legislative and executive branches that could change the way foreign investment occurs in U.S. companies. These changes could also affect the export control compliance requirements of many companies who are targets of foreign investors. Keep reading for a brief history of CFIUS reviews, and the...

We field lots of questions about the difference between ITAR and EAR regulations. Particularly with the changes from Export Control Reform in recent years, the lines between these two regulations can easily get blurred. How can you distinguish ITAR vs. EAR? Which regulation applies to your products, data and technology? How are they the same?...