Category: ITAR

Yesterday, the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) amended the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regarding defense trade policy with respect to the Central African Republic. This change is intended to reflect recent resolutions adopted by the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Effective immediately, the Central African Republic has been added…

Earlier this month, Esterline Technologies Corporation agreed to pay a $20 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). According to the State Department’s charging letter, these violations span a number of years, and cover various subsidiaries and departments within the company. Although the charges against the company are…

As of January 1, 2014, all users of DDTC’s DTrade system are required to have the updated version of their digital certificate, which we originally reported on this blog in September. If you still have not upgraded to the SHA-256 certificate, it’s important to do so immediately to avoid delays in your export license processing….

If you haven’t already, it’s time to update your ITAR destination control statement on your commercial invoices. As part of the Export Control Reform that implemented on October 15, 2013, a new destination control statement should be used on your export paperwork. This change is effective immediately. The Destination Control Statement is required on the…

This month, DDTC has introduced new versions of several different forms for exporters to use with their ITAR licenses and registrations. It’s important to use these new versions of the documents, because DDTC will no longer be accepting the previous versions. Here’s a brief summary of the new documents: It’s important to make note of…

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…

There’s a lot of chatter among the export control community this week about the status of export license applications and other activities in light of the U.S. federal government shutdown. Some of the questions I’ve seen posted to discussion boards and blogs include: And my personal favorite … In some ways, I think it’s too…

To comply with a federal mandate, DDTC will be upgrading its DTrade system for electronic license applications over the next few months. The new upgrades will ensure compliance with Access Certificates for Electronic Services (ACES) SHA-256 (“SHA-256”) digital certificates. This means that all DTrade users must purchase and register a new SHA-256 certificate by the…

If there’s a silver lining in every cloud, then the recent ITAR penalties levied against Aeroflex, Inc. and its subsidiaries can hold some valuable lessons for other companies. On July 25, DDTC charged the microelectronics manufacturer with 158 violations of the AECA and ITAR. The alleged violations cover an extensive time period – more than…

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…