Category: Export Control Reform Initiative

Apparently, DDTC has encountered some glitches in its new process for online payment of ITAR registration fees. According to a recent notice on its website, DDTC states that a number of U.S. registrants have experienced difficulties transmitting ACH payments. Now the agency is offering an alternative method using FedWire. This brings the total number of...

DDTC’s proposed new rule on dual and third-country nationals (DN/TCN) becomes final August 15, 2011.  We previously blogged about that new rule here, in case you missed it. In preparation for the implementation of these provisions, DDTC has published a variety of guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions about the new 126.18 exemption.  Thankfully, these documents provide more...

Here’s a recap of the third day of the BIS Update 2011 conference.  (Don’t miss our posts from Day 1 and Day 2.)  Looking for a comprehensive review of this year’s event?  Join us for our free webinar on Aug. 10, where we’ll recap all the highlights and answer your questions.  8:00 AM: Kevin Wolf and Tim Mooney...

The second day of this year’s BIS Update 2011 conference was full of, well … updates!  (If you missed it, check out our recap of day one here.)  Want the full scoop on this year’s event?  Join us for our free webinar on Aug. 10, where we’ll recap all the highlights and answer your questions. 8:30...

Here’s the first installment of my three-day coverage for this year’s BIS Update 2011 Conference in Washington, DC.  Want the full update of this year’s event?  Join us for our free webinar on Aug. 10, where we’ll recap all the highlights and answer your questions.     8:40 AM:  The day begins at the Grand Hyatt...

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently published a proposed new rule that would make significant changes in the export controls of certain items.  This is one of the bigger steps we’ve seen in recent months, and marks a move towards implementing President Obama’s overall export control reform initiative. Essentially, this rule would allow for the...

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced the implementation of the latest license exception under the EAR – the Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) exception. In a nutshell, STA allows for the export, re-export and in-country transfer of a variety of items subject to the EAR – without a license – to 36 different...

Recently, Eric Hirschhorn, Under Secretary of Commerce for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding President Obama’s export control reform initiative. You can read Hirschhorn’s full testimony here. Here are some interesting observations I had from listening to his testimony: With a presidential election just 18 months...

Have you seen DDTC’s proposed new version of USML Category VII for tanks and military vehicles?  The deadline to provide comments was February 8, and it will be interesting to see if the final version changes from what was proposed. For anyone who doesn’t know, the new version of VII is one of the first small steps...

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has opened two requests for comment on different aspects of the EAR – one related to a proposed new license exception, and another seeking input on how to re-write portions of the Commerce Control List (CCL). Both requests stem from efforts to revise current policies in response to President...