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A Washington-based manufacturer of printed circuit boards (PCBs) is facing $1 million in fines and 20 months in prison for ignoring U.S. export regulations. Precision Image Corporation and its owner, Chih-Kwang Hwa, recently pleaded guilty to charges that it violated the ITAR.

I’ve talked with a lot of people over the years who are interested in hiring a consultant to help improve their company’s export compliance. It's a decision that should not be taken lightly. Here are five uncommon questions that will give you a better picture of what it will actually be like to work with your consultant. In my opinion, these questions give you far more insight than any contract or proposal ever will.

Last week, DDTC released a proposed charging letter and subsequent consent agreement, alleging 125 charges of ITAR violations against Raytheon Company and its subsidiaries. Here are four key lessons for export compliance officers and corporate counsel who are interested in avoiding similar ITAR compliance problems for their companies.

A former employee of L-3 Communications’ Space and Navigation Division was recently sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for exporting U.S. technology to China. Sixing Liu, 49, (aka “Steve Liu”) of Flanders, New Jersey, was convicted on nine counts, which range from lying to federal agents to six counts of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations.