Category: EAR

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...

Last week, oil and gas giant Schlumberger plead guilty to facilitating trade with Iran and Sudan, in violation of U.S. sanctions. The parent company’s Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. (SOHL), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd., agreed to a guilty plea for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by willfully...

I’m something of a “news junkie.” If you’re like me, then you are constantly hearing about certain countries that can’t seem to keep themselves out of the news. You may even occasionally hear the name of a country that your company either does business with, or is contemplating as a customer. There are many ways...

Starting December 8th, look for a new statement to be included on all export licenses from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). As part of BIS’s ongoing effort to improve the consistency of conditions on licenses, exporters will begin seeing a new notice informing them of the scope of the license authorization on...

‘Twas noon on a Friday, and at the warehouse, People were scurrying to get that last export out. Sales was yelling and customers mad, "Our shipment is late! Where is that iPad®?" Everyone was juggling, each with more than one hat, "Have all the parties been screened? Is there encryption on that?" Classification and screenings...

In my last blog article, we examined the Specially Designed Decision Tool. Today, we will explore the new “Catch and Release” concept when determining if a product meets the definition of “Specially Designed.” First, here is the definition in the current ITAR. [My Notes will be in brackets, boldface, and Italics. All underlines are my...

This is the first in a series of articles called Tools of the Trade, where we will highlight some of the most useful tools and resources for export compliance professionals. Keep checking back for future installments! Classification of items (products, software, technology, etc.) is at the heart of any compliance program. Never has this been...