At times, it feels like we spend all year telling people what they cannot export under the ITAR or EAR. There are many items which are controlled by these regulations. However, at this time of year, let’s spend a few minutes talking about what you can export.
Below are five ways you can export some help to countries who need it the most:
- Haiti – It’s the general policy of the United States to deny licenses for exports of defense articles or defense services to Haiti. This is spelled out in ITAR 126.1(j). However, this doesn’t mean the island nation can’t receive our help, especially following a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake earlier this year. The American Red Cross and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund are both doing good work.
- Pakistan – There are a variety of Pakistani organizations found on the BIS Entity List (Supplement 4 to Part 744 of the EAR), going back to 1998. A license is required for exporting all items subject to the EAR, although there is a presumption of approval for EAR99 items. This summer, Pakistan experienced a horrific flood which affected 20 million people and covered one-fifth of the country in water. UNICEF continues to reach huge numbers of affected women and children in this region with vital relief. Learn more and donate at www.unicefusa.org/work/emergencies/flood-relief/
- Gaza/West Bank – Following the appointment of a government which is not affiliated with Hamas, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has granted a broad license authorizing U.S. persons to engage in transactions with the Palestinian Authority. General License No. 7 covers this activity. These days, the crisis in Gaza is urgent, and many organizations are trying to help. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has partnered with other agencies and established its. Visit www.uusc.org for details.
- Somalia – The country is under an arms embargo by the United Nations, which means U.S. Persons are also prohibited from selling or exporting defense articles/services under ITAR 126.1(c). Meanwhile, the people of Somalia continue to suffer widespread violence, extreme poverty and natural disasters. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed more than $31 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia this year. You can help by sponsoring a Somali child through the SOS Children’s Villages. This organization helps children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. More at www.sos-usa.org
- Water – You won’t find it controlled on the USML or CCL. H2O is one of the most abundant substances on Earth, yet millions of people around the world lack access to clean drinking water – something most of us take for granted every day. For just $15, you can provide one person with enough clean water to last 20 years through organizations like causelife and Water for LIFE. For $15,000, your company can build a well to supply 1,000 people with water every day for 20 years. The organization currently has projects in Guatemala, Honduras, India, Rwanda and Uganda. Learn more and get involved at www.lifetoday.org
It’s necessary to have regulations like ITAR and EAR to protect our national security. However, it’s important to remember that we can still export some of the most valuable commodities on Earth, with no restrictions. This includes things like relief, aid, comfort and love to those who need it most.
Some exports are universal. And that’s a very good thing. Best wishes to you for a happy holiday season and prosperous new year.
Tom Reynolds is the Vice President of Operations for Export Solutions, a consultancy firm which specializes in ITAR and EAR compliance.