Category: ITAR

The interim rule from the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense and NASA was published on August 7, 2019 and becomes effective today, August 13, 2019.  As a requirement of NDAA 2019, the rule prohibits federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications and video surveillance equipment, along with any “substantial or essential component of any system, or...

Currently, the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) 2020 is under review in both Houses. Both versions of the Act contain a proposal to amend the Arms Export Control Act (“AECA”), thereby granting India Major Non-NATO Ally Status. Last week the U.S. Senate passed its version including the amendments to the AECA.  At the same time,...

Discussions on the fringes of the G-20 Summit have apparently led to a potential lessening of the restrictions against Huawei and at least some of its affiliates.  These sanctions and the ensuing discussions certainly overshadowed the eight themes of the summit (Global Trade, Economy, Investment, Innovation, Environment and Energy, Employment, Women’s Empowerment, Development and Health). ...

Passed on June 27, 2017, Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law defines that it is the responsibility that “All organizations and citizens shall support, assist, and cooperate with national intelligence efforts in accordance with law, and shall protect national intelligence work secrets they are aware of.” Article 10 affirms that, “As necessary for their...

Ever wonder why your license application is taking so long to be reviewed and approved? Many thoughts go through a Compliance Officer’s mind when the license process is taking longer than expected: “Did I make a mistake on the license application?” “Should I have provided more information?”  “Did I miss something in my due diligence?”...

After a delay due to the government shutdown, the U.S. government recently announced increases to civil penalties for export related violations. Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, civil penalties for export related violations should have increased on 3 January 2019. However, given the fact that the USG was...

Proposed Legislation On March 12, 2019, a new bill was introduced in Congress.  The “Protect Our Universities Act of 2019” has at its purpose the “creation of a task force within the Department of Education to address the threat of foreign government influence and threats to academic research integrity on college campuses, and for other...

“Hey Alexa, are you a U.S. Person?”  Imagine this.  A conference call with your foreign-based customer is about to begin.  Today’s agenda includes technical discussions of recent upgrades and changes to the designs of some ITAR-controlled items.  Your Trade Compliance Officer has reviewed the material and confirmed that export authorizations are in place approving the...

This is the third post in a series of blogs about the proposed changes to USML Categories I, II and III.  Please check back for further articles in this series.  For more information about these changes, and the movement of items from ITAR to EAR, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in our series...

This is the second post in a series of blogs about the proposed changes to USML Categories I, II and III.  Please check back for further articles in this series.  For more information about these changes, and the movement of items from ITAR to EAR, check out Part 1 in our series and read the...