Category: ITAR

DDTC recently published proposed amendments to USML Categories VIII and XIX. These amendments follow a period of public comment that began last year. The amendments are open to further public comment from now until March 25, although it’s doubtful there will be any significant further changes. After this, we expect DDTC to publish Final Rule…

Let’s assume that you’re traveling internationally with your ITAR-controlled product and you have a valid DSP-73 license in place. (If I’ve already lost you with that sentence, then please skip the rest of this article and schedule a no-charge consultation with us today.) Rather than shipping the item to your destination, it makes more sense…

Beginning Thursday, November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day), DTrade users must use new versions of all license application forms, as well as the DS-2032 registration form. These forms are to comply with an updated version of DTrade. The new forms cover all DDTC license applications, including: The new forms also include: Earlier versions of these forms…

Last week, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies (UTC) for $9 billion. The sale, which is pending U.S. Government approval, represents the largest defense industry deal of the past 20 years, according to The Wall Street Journal. Lockheed is already the world’s largest defense contractor, and Sikorsky is the largest military…

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Your Business Development Manager (we’ll call him “Bob”) is at a military trade show somewhere in the Middle East. A guy from that region exchanges business cards with Bob, chats for a few minutes, then splits. A few weeks later, Bob receives an email from the gentleman, asking…

I’m something of a “news junkie.” If you’re like me, then you are constantly hearing about certain countries that can’t seem to keep themselves out of the news. You may even occasionally hear the name of a country that your company either does business with, or is contemplating as a customer. There are many ways…

‘Twas noon on a Friday, and at the warehouse, People were scurrying to get that last export out. Sales was yelling and customers mad, “Our shipment is late! Where is that iPad®?” Everyone was juggling, each with more than one hat, “Have all the parties been screened? Is there encryption on that?” Classification and screenings…

In my last blog article, we examined the Specially Designed Decision Tool. Today, we will explore the new “Catch and Release” concept when determining if a product meets the definition of “Specially Designed.” First, here is the definition in the current ITAR. [My Notes will be in brackets, boldface, and Italics. All underlines are my…

This is the first in a series of articles called Tools of the Trade, where we will highlight some of the most useful tools and resources for export compliance professionals. Keep checking back for future installments! Classification of items (products, software, technology, etc.) is at the heart of any compliance program. Never has this been…

This week, the Departments of Commerce and State revised export controls on most commercial, scientific and civil satellites, as well as their parts and components. This move is another key step forward in the Export Control Reform Initiative. For those of you who have been in trade compliance long enough, you will remember that this…