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Export Compliance Program Guidelines
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Export Compliance Program Guidelines – DDTC

The Directorate of Defense Trade Control (DDTC) has released Export Compliance Program Guidelines to provide businesses with an overview of best practices for complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  These guidelines encourage organizations to adopt robust policies and procedures to ensure that compliance with export controls for items enumerated in the United

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DDTC Open General License
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DDTC Open General License Program

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) Open General License (OGL) pilot program has been instituted to ease the conditions under which exports, reexports, and retransfers of unclassified defense articles may be performed between pre-approved parties.  This program was started in August 1, 2022 and will continue through July 31, 2023, at which time the

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Huawei and ZTE
Cyber Security

Huawei and ZTE Designated Threats to Security

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Homeland Security Bureau have designated Huawei and ZTE as threats to U.S. national security.  Because both Chinese companies are subject to the Chinese Communist Party, they are required by law to cooperate with China’s intelligence gathering activities.  China has developed an arsenal of cyber capabilities to target U.S. information

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Denied Parties Screening
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Denied Parties Screening for Export Compliance

Denied Parties Screening is an essential practice for ensuring regulatory compliance to U.S. law.  Screening is performed to restrict or prohibit U.S. individuals and organizations from shipping products or providing services to parties listed on denial, debarment, and blocked persons lists. Screening applies to all businesses regardless of product or service sector.  An organization is

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Restructured ITAR
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Restructured ITAR Streamlines Export Regulations

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has restructured ITAR in an effort to streamline the regulations and clarify definitions.  While no substantive changes were made to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), revisions in definitions may effect those under the regulation’s purview. Changes to Part 120 – Purpose and Definitions Part 120 of

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forced labor goods banned
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Forced Labor Goods Banned from Xinjiang

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on September 14, 2020 that forced labor goods from China are now banned.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued Withhold Release Orders on products produced in China’s Xinjiang province.  In a statement Acting CBP Commissioner Mark A. Morgan stated that the forced labor goods banned

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BIS Places Controls
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BIS Places Controls on Section 1758 Technologies

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) places controls on technologies pursuant to Section 1758, whose export may threaten U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.  As of May 23, 2022 the BIS announced that it would no longer classify those controlled technologies as emerging or foundational.  This action is providing the agency with flexibility

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Export Regulations Due Diligence
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Export Regulations Due Diligence for Compliance

Exercising export regulations due diligence involves complying to complex sets of requirements set forth by multiple U.S. government agencies.  These agencies include the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC), and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The International Traffic in Arms

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BIS Considers Enforcement Policies
ITAR News

BIS Considers Enforcement Policies Changes

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) considers enforcement policies changes an instrument for combatting national security threats.  This was highlighted in remarks released from Matthew Axelrod, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement.  In recent presentations he outlined the changing focus of the United States export control system and the need for bolstering enforcement actions of

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Understanding Export Administration Regulations
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Understanding Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

The Importance of Understanding Export Administration Regulations (EAR)  Understanding Export Administration Regulations is especially important for businesses today because of the prevalence and ease of conducting international trade in today’s world.  Many businesses learn too late the consequences of remaining ignorant of federal export control laws.  Unfortunately, ignorance is not a defense when a party

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Controls on Marine Toxins
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Controls on Marine Toxins to Go into Effect

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is placing controls on marine toxins in a unilateral effort to prevent biological threats to humans and the environment by way of accidental or deliberate release.  This control specifically addresses the export, reexport, or transfer of the biotoxins brevetoxin, gonyautoxin, nodularin, and palytoxin.  These toxins are generally found

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Export Compliance Program Management
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Export Compliance Program Management ISO 37301

Export Compliance Program Management Effective export compliance program management poses challenges for organizations of all sizes and sectors.  U.S. export regulations such as the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are complex and under constant revision.  Compliance is further complicated for organizations that have multinational operations and must therefore

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Flight take off
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ITAR EAR Rules For US Companies and Citizens

ITAR and EAR- U.S. Export Regulations The ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and the EAR (Export Administration Regulations) are export control regulations run by different departments of the U.S. Government.  Both are in place to ensure that restricted technologies do not get into the hands of terrorists and countries who are not operating in

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ITAR Requirements
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ITAR Requirements – Export Compliance Program

Essential Features of an ITAR Compliance Program International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance is a requirement for companies entering markets with defense related applications.  To establish an effective ITAR compliance program all segments of a business must be involved.  Important features of an ITAR program include the following: Registration with the Directorate of Defense

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maintaining export compliance
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Maintaining Export Compliance in a Dynamic World

Continuing Changes in Export Compliance Maintaining export compliance programs presents challenges to organizations of all sizes.  Given the complexity of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Antiboycott Regulations, and various sanctions, this is not surprising.  Additionally, international political events are forcing agencies to continually make changes to these regulations to

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