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Move over James Bond! The spies of today may have different names, but their goals are the same. Meet Lian Yang – a former Microsoft engineer turned frequent Chinese “vacationer” turned would-be “international man of mystery” and probable ITAR violator.

We recently welcomed two new members to our team. Say “hello” to Marci Gentry and David Walloch! Marci brings more than 14 years of trade compliance expertise from a variety of Fortune 500 companies. David is a seasoned sales professional who will lead all of our Sales/Marketing efforts going forward.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has opened two requests for comment on different aspects of the EAR – one related to a proposed new license exception, and another seeking input on how to re-write portions of the Commerce Control List (CCL). Both requests stem from efforts to revise current policies in response to President Obama’s call for reforms to U.S. export regulations.

BIS recently issued a TDO (temporary denial order) which contained some interesting allegations about “virtual offices” against a company charged with illegal exports to Iran. The order places Anvik Technologies and its owner, Babak Jafarpour, on the Denied Persons List.

PPG Industries recently agreed to fork over $3.75 million in criminal and civil fines for EAR violations. If anyone says the U.S. government is losing interest in enforcing these regulations, you might refer them to this case.

Export Solutions is pleased to introduce the newest member of our team - Vickie Lanich! Learn more about Vickie's background and how she might be able to help your company during 2011.

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.