Category: Export Control Reform Initiative

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...

You’ve heard of DTrade.  You’ve been to SNAP-R.  Now get ready to experience a whole new system for submitting export licenses online ... USXPORTS. In recent meeting minutes published by the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), the Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs, Andrew Shapiro, announced the migration of all current export license processing systems to a single platform...

Earlier this month, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) proposed a new amendment that could have significant impact on U.S. and foreign companies who are struggling to be ITAR compliant.  The proposal would basically eliminate the need for licensed foreign companies to obtain separate approval from DDTC for the transfer of technical data to employees who are...

At the beginning of Tolkien’s popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo is given a mysterious ring which has the power to control the whole world.  Today, the U.S. export control community was handed a similar prophecy by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Speaking to members of the Business Executives for National Security, Gates said the United...

Earlier this month, President Obama announced two export control reform initiatives designed to help increase American competitiveness abroad, while also making it easier for organizations to achieve better export compliance. This is part of the president’s larger goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years.  The two key reforms aim to help protect U.S....