Category: EAR

Chinese national Fuyi “Frank” Sun has been arrested in connection with a plot to illegally export high-grade carbon fiber from the United States to China. Sun was arrested while traveling to New York to close a deal with a distributor of the fiber which is typically used for aerospace and military purposes. Turns out the...

A Singapore man, Lim Yong Nam (aka Steven Lim) was extradited to the U.S. from Indonesia (where he’d been detained since October 2014) to face charges stemming from his alleged role in a conspiracy to illegally export radio frequency modules to Iran. According to the U.S. Government, some of these modules ended up being used...

Buried in the depths of the Federal Register notices published by DDTC, BIS and OFAC is an often-overlooked section that contains some very interesting predictions. This is the section to fulfill the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirement that government agencies communicate things like impact statements, time required to complete new forms and other...

DDTC recently published proposed amendments to USML Categories VIII and XIX. These amendments follow a period of public comment that began last year. The amendments are open to further public comment from now until March 25, although it’s doubtful there will be any significant further changes. After this, we expect DDTC to publish Final Rule...

One of the lesser-understood rules in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), is the de minimis rule, which determines whether foreign-made products that incorporate U.S.-controlled content are subject to the EAR. While making international trade easier and better defining the jurisdiction and classification of items, the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative has also complicated the application...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) denied export privileges for two individuals and three companies. The actions center around a conspiracy to illegally export web-monitoring and controlling equipment and software to Syria. In particular, this conspiracy involved the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE). “The settlement announced today results...

Recently, a South Carolina company, STREIT USA, was fined $3.5 million to settle charges related to the sale of U.S.-origin vehicles to end-users located in multiple countries. The company is part of STREIT Group, which is a global manufacturer of armored vehicles for military, security, luxury and other markets. As part of the settlement, $1.5...

If you missed the first BIS call-in programs regarding the changes in U.S. Foreign Policy towards Cuba, there are still three more opportunities to attend. BIS will host additional call-in programs on July 7, August 11 and September 8 at 2 p.m. EDT. The dial-in information is as follows: Toll Number: 1-210-838-9521 Toll Free Number:...

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Your Business Development Manager (we’ll call him “Bob”) is at a military trade show somewhere in the Middle East. A guy from that region exchanges business cards with Bob, chats for a few minutes, then splits. A few weeks later, Bob receives an email from the gentleman, asking...

Have you ever been frustrated or stymied by those DoD Distribution Statements concerning Critical Technology, which appear to prohibit U.S. contractors from sharing the data with their partners in Canada? If so, you’re not alone! Well, there is a way to work within the framework of our country’s special relationship with Canada, via the United...