Export Compliance F.A.Q.
Export compliance is a key function that the U.S. government oversees to ensure tariffs and homeland security are handled properly. The government makes a lot of money from the import and export of products. This means that your business will need to adhere to exporting laws whenever shipping products or data overseas.
U.S. companies that sell goods and services in a global market are required to comply with various export control laws. These laws are published by several U.S. departments like the Department of Commerce, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of State. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions concerning export compliance that we received from our clients!
It can be difficult to understand and apply ITAR regulations to your business. Whether you are leading in a division, or you have been in the defense industry for decades, you may have trouble keeping up with the constant changes when it comes to ITAR rules. ITAR compliance is already complicated, so you should not try to make compliance even more difficult.
Trust us- the government does not make it easy. But the good news is that we have been working with companies just like yours for years to help business leaders navigate ITAR compliance in meaningful ways. Lets tackle the ITAR challenge together with some quick frequently asked questions that our clients ask us when it comes to their ITAR compliance.
ITAR can be confusing, but did you know that EAR actually throws more people off and gets companies in trouble with the government more often than not? You should have a firm understanding of both ITAR and EAR to ensure your business is safe from the severe fines and penalties that come with EAR violations.
Your team has to take great care when it comes to EAR compliance because you need to classify, apply, and submit the proper licenses based on your products and country of destination.
An Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) is the backbone of export compliance. This number consists of a five-character alphanumeric number used in the Commerce Control List (CCL) to help companies classify U.S. exports. This code is meant to help you determine the type of export license you need to categorize based on the item, software, or technology.
The ECCN seems easy enough to figure out, but getting this part wrong in the export process can spell big fines and penalties for your business. Let’s take a quick look at the most common questions we get from clients about the ECCN!
The Directorate of Defence Trade Controls (DDTC) is the export authority that oversees all export compliance in the U.S. Run by the U.S. State Department, this authority is tasked to regulate specific hardware items and technical data controlled by ITAR.
Even if you don’t think your products or services are related to the military, you should still be 100% sure that you won’t get caught violating the DDTC guidelines. We put together some of the most common questions from our clients about the DDTC to help you stay in the clear today!