Category: Export Control Reform Initiative

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...

Exporters can anticipate “robust and comprehensive” enforcement efforts in the near future, according to remarks given by David Mills, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement. Mills was speaking at the annual update conference hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in Washington, D.C. According to Secretary Mills, for fiscal year 2013, BIS investigations...

This week, the Departments of Commerce and State revised export controls on most commercial, scientific and civil satellites, as well as their parts and components. This move is another key step forward in the Export Control Reform Initiative. For those of you who have been in trade compliance long enough, you will remember that this...

Do you need more info about the new “600 series”? Trying to figure out if License Exception STA is right for you? Does “specially designed” have you more confused now than before? Answers to these, and many more, questions are now available on the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) website. (From the home page,...

If you haven’t already, it’s time to update your ITAR destination control statement on your commercial invoices. As part of the Export Control Reform that implemented on October 15, 2013, a new destination control statement should be used on your export paperwork. This change is effective immediately. The Destination Control Statement is required on the...

This month, DDTC has introduced new versions of several different forms for exporters to use with their ITAR licenses and registrations. It’s important to use these new versions of the documents, because DDTC will no longer be accepting the previous versions. Here’s a brief summary of the new documents: It’s important to make note of...

Despite a 16-day shutdown, the government’s export control functions seem to be moving forward again. This is particularly helpful given this week’s implementation of the final rule for aircraft and related articles – a major step in President Obama’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative. As we have discussed extensively on this blog, the new rules...

The State Department is following Commerce’s lead with reaching out to industry on the export control reform tools. As part of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) outreach efforts for the initial implementation of Export Control Reform final rule published on April 16, 2013, DDTC has developed a new web-based decision tool that will...

On Monday, the State Department published an interim final rule which revises significant portions of the brokering activities controlled by Part 129 of the ITAR. One of the most meaningful changes in this rule is a definition of what “brokering activities” actually means. The rule also revises and clarifies related sections of the ITAR related...

Since the release of the recent Export Control Reform changes to USML Category VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles) under the ITAR, a lot of companies are wondering how the changes affect them. Even if you are not in the aerospace industry, but are still involved in the manufacture of defense articles or providing defense services,...