Category: Export Control Reform Initiative

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has launched two new, online tools to help manufacturers and exporters begin to apply some of the recent changes under the export control reform initiative. These tools can be useful as your company prepares for the final rules to take effect this October. Each tool utilizes a...

For years, we’ve been telling our clients that one of the primary reasons for export control is U.S. national security. The recent events in Boston give testimony to this priority. Despite what some would have us believe, there are countries and factions of people who want to harm the citizens of the United States, and...

Last week, President Obama’s Export Control Reform (ECR) efforts took a big step forward with a final published rule that, once implemented, will begin moving items and technologies from ITAR to EAR controls. The first categories of USML items affected by this rule are: Category VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles), Category XVII (Classified Articles), and...

While most of us were sipping egg nog and wrapping presents last month, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA). Included with this legislation was the authorization for President Obama to begin easing export controls on certain commercial communications satellites – namely, by moving those satellites from ITAR control on the United...

Now that the presidential election is behind us, the big question in the trade compliance community seems to be: Will President Obama’s export control reform efforts continue to move forward? As we have chronicled numerous times on our export blog, the Obama administration has taken great strides during the past few years to help set...

What is considered ITAR? Historically, the answer to that question has been very far-reaching and intentionally broad – encompassing a wide array of end items, sub-assemblies, components, materials and services. However, a recent proposed rule by the DDTC (and a concurrent rule from BIS), is proposing to change all that. If made final, this new...

It’s no surprise there are many opportunities for improvement among the current export control reforms being discussed in Washington D.C. However, I was recently reminded of a small – and (at least on the surface), simple – change that could alleviate a lot of confusion among U.S. exporters. This is related to the values exporters...

Earlier this week, I was updating our list of common ITAR exemptions and noticed that several have been added in recent weeks or months. As with most exemptions, these are narrowly defined and you, as the exporter, must be careful to meet all criteria outlined in the ITAR before proceeding. Some of the recent ITAR...

Earlier this month, DDTC made final a new exemption for certain exports to the United Kingdom in §126.17 of the ITAR. This exemption is pursuant to the recent Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom. How much is this new exemption going to help your company’s ITAR compliance? And more...

One of the big questions in the international business world is: “Are my products and/or data controlled by export compliance regulations?” The answer is ... YES! Nearly everything is export controlled. The few exceptions are publicly available data and technology. This means that, unless you’re dealing with publicly available information that your company would give...