By: Reid Whitten

The first major wave of the much-discussed U.S. Export Control Reform measures will break on October 15, 2013 as the first round of rule changes take effect.  While many in the affected industries expect that the October changes will be a welcome relief from certain burdensome regulations, many are concerned, confused, and overwhelmed by the complex regulatory shifts being announced by the U.S. State and Commerce departments.

This article is the first in a series addressing various aspects of the ECR changes.  We will do our best to offer a bit of fundamental clarity, provide lay-person explanation, and lend some guidance in parsing nuanced regulations.  We also hope to bring an entirely new concept to the ECR discussion: comprehensibility.  We welcome your feedback by email through our open discussion on Twitter at @ReidGlobalTrade.

Continue Reading Export Control Reform Series Episode I: The Basics – Five Points to Remember about Export Control Reform

By: Reid Whitten

In Episode I: The Basics we noted that U.S. Export Control Reform may be causing confusion and consternation among those who will have to take the first theoretical rule changes and apply them in real and practical situations.  Among the first test subjects are those who oversee ITAR compliance for manufacturers and exporters of aircraft and aircraft parts.  While these brave souls will be the front line of the ECR implementers, those in the ranks behind (looking at you, Military Vehicles and Naval Vessels) will do well to learn from their experience.
Continue Reading Export Control Reform Series Episode II: The First Change – Reevaluating your ITAR Aircraft Parts