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You’ve heard of DTrade. You’ve been to SNAP-R. Now get ready to experience a whole new system for submitting export licenses online ... USXPORTS. This platform actually isn’t “new,” except to those of us who’ve been using the DDTC and BIS systems for licenses.

Earlier this month, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) proposed a new amendment that could have significant impact on U.S. and foreign companies who are struggling to be ITAR compliant. The proposal basically eliminates the need for licensed foreign companies to obtain separate approval from DDTC for the transfer of technical data to employees who are dual nationals or third country nationals.

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a new guide to help U.S. companies comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). This 145-page document contains a number of helpful insights and tools for developing your EMCP.

Exactly where does that file go when you click “save”? For some U.S. companies, it may travel down the hall to a server located at their facility. But for many companies, the file goes “into the clouds” -- presenting unique challenges when it comes to complying with U.S. export regulations.