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.