Key Takeaways: Emerging technology sectors will soon be subject to new export controls. Affected sectors include biotech, computing, artificial intelligence, positioning and navigation, data analytics, additive manufacturing, robotics, brain-machine interface, advanced materials, and surveillance. New export controls on these sectors will likely require companies to obtain a license to export products to China and other … Continue Reading
Every time there is a new round of reforms under the President’s Export Control Reform initiative, we hear the same advice: Controls on certain items are eliminated or reduced (which creates new opportunities for manufacturers and exporters); but The new rules bring new complexities, so be careful. Attorneys in the export control space correspondingly inundate … Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict exports to Venezuela of certain items intended for “a military end use or end user.” These changes complement a pre-existing U.S. arms embargo against Venezuela – in place since 2006 – that was imposed because … Continue Reading
Glancing through the fictional but fascinating Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Rsch. Ford Prefect; Pub. Megadodo Publications), one might recognize that the assertions therein are a bit confusing. Similarly, one might become confused when reviewing another, less whimsical, guide to the galaxy: the revised United States Munitions List Category XV – Spacecraft and Related Articles. … Continue Reading
Here is a summary of export data for the first year after the initial implementation of ECR: There have been over 61,000 shipments of 600 series items since October 2013. The 600 series exports are valued at approximately $2.1 billion. The top 600 series ECCNs exported are:… Continue Reading
The Year Mark Apparently, it is now fashionable among my peers to host elaborate parties in honor of the first birthdays of their children. I have attended a number of these fêtes, and been impressed to just what lengths the parents will go to celebrate twelve months of growth and achievement for a Guest of … Continue Reading
In the country pubs of Ireland, it has long been the practice of the barkeep to “stand the third round” for good customers, meaning to offer the third drink for free. The practice makes sense both as customer appreciation and as an inducement for those fine customers to continue their revelries right where they are. … Continue Reading
On February 19, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it had reached an agreement with Santa Clara-based Intevac, Inc. to settle allegations that Intevac violated U.S. export regulations governing exports of technology. Under the agreement, Intevac agreed to pay a civil penalty of $115,000.… Continue Reading
Next week will mark one year since President Obama introduced the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to the nation in his State of the Union Address. Although the TTIP received only a brief nod in the President’s speech, the TTIP initiative has moved forward at a stunning pace . . . well, a stunning … Continue Reading
By: Reid Whitten
First they came by air, now by sea and by land.
On July 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of State published its final rule revising controls on naval vessels and military vehicles contained in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The changes will take effect on January 6, 2014 and will revise United States Munitions List Category VI (Surface Vessels and Special Naval Equipment), Category VII (Ground Vehicles), andCategory XX, (now named Submersible Vessels and Related Articles). The final rule also makes changes to Category XII(Materials and Miscellaneous Articles) which are noteworthy and will be covered separately in an upcoming episode of this series.
This article covers highlights of the regulatory changes for naval vessels and military vehicles, notes the pattern of the Export Control Reform revisions, and comments on how these changes may be important to you and your business.… Continue Reading
By: Curt Dombek & Reid Whitten
On November 7, 2011, the U.S. State Department published a proposed rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) by narrowing the categories of aircraft and related equipment controlled on the United States Munitions List (“USML”). Concurrently, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a proposed rule adding five new Export Control Classification Numbers (“ECCNs”) to the Commerce Control List, which lists items controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). The two rules are linked, as the new ECCNs in BIS's proposed rule will cover those items carved out of the ambit of ITAR controls by the State Department’s proposed rule.
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