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On February 24th, BIS issued a Federal Register Notice revising the Country Group designations for Russia and Yemen based on national security, foreign policy, and proliferation-related concerns. BIS stated that this action was “intended to facilitate and support accountability in connection with exports and reexports of items” to Russia and Yemen.

Let’s face it: the world is rife with export “experts.” One way to handle this is to ignore the problem, and pretend that ITAR compliance doesn’t matter. If you want to take this approach, it’s certainly your choice.Another option is to ask questions that will help separate the wheat from the chaff. These 10 questions come from my personal playbook. They’ll help filter out all but the best con artists, and they’ll also identify those consultants who think they know export compliance because their former employers sent them to a seminar last year.