Category: Export Control Reform Initiative

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,...

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...