Export Compliance Program for U.S. or Canada


Having an Export Compliance Program is a Requirement

It is a requirement for businesses conducting exports of controlled products and services in the U.S, and Canada to implement and maintain an export compliance program.  These programs are required to protect the national security and foreign policies of the respective nations.  Failure to maintain a viable program can result in criminal and civil penalties, including debarment of the organization from future export activities.

U.S. Requirements for an Export Compliance Program

Export regulations for controlled goods and services in the United States primarily fall under either the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  The ITAR, which is administered under the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, controls military articles and services has slightly more requirements that the EAR which controls dual use items which have both commercial and military applications.  Both sets of requirements, however, have common requirements for compliance programs.

While ITAR and EAR are the primary regulatory requirements, various governmental agencies place sanctions against nation states and denied parties.  Businesses should always check any party given access to controlled goods against denied parties lists.  There are over fifty different lists maintained by U.S. government agencies to prevent goods, services, and technical information from falling into the wrong hands.  These lists are administered by the following agencies:

  • Bureau of industry and Security
  • Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

CVG Strategy offers a harmonized program that will ensure that your company is compliant to all U.S regulations.  Furthermore we consolidate this program in a collection of documents that can be integrated into a quality management system

Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP) Requirements

Registrants of the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) must comply with numerous requirements.  They must have an export compliance program that is lead by designated officials within the organization.  They must conduct security assessments for any party that may examine, possess, or transfer  controlled goods or technology.
Additionally, organizations that fall under the CGP must develop security plans.  These security plans should include procedures to control access to controlled goods, identify individuals responsible for security, training programs for personnel at all levels, briefings given to visitors, and procedures for reporting security breaches.  
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CVG Strategy Export Compliance Solutions

CVG Strategy can assist you in implementing an export compliance program that is tailored to your specific requirements.  Our export compliance experts can guide you through necessary steps in achieving compliance through coaching, training, and guidance.

Quality Management Approach to Export Compliance

An effective export compliance program must be integrated into all aspects of an organization.  It must clearly define roles, establish policies, train all employees, and provide concise work instructions for the execution of required tasks.  Furthermore it must undergo risk assessment and periodic auditing to identify potential shortcomings and incorporate corrective actions. 

This makes an export compliance program an excellent choice for inclusion in a quality management frame work.  CVG Strategy’s Export Compliance Management Program (ECM) Manual and associated documents are structured in accordance to ISO 9001 and AS9100D.  They provide policies, a manual, work instructions, and forms for the completion of specific export compliance tasks.

Support in Program Maintenance

Our training programs ensure that your export compliance team is up to date in their comprehension of export regulations.  These engaging classes are available online on a regular basis.  They provide ample time for your questions and specific concerns. 

Maintaining an export compliance program demands solutions to numerous issues that can arise as businesses grow.  We provide consultations to help you reach those solutions.  We also provide ITAR program assessments to enable your program to pass audits.

Continuing Support Available

Many customers rely on our continued support when faced with complex issues with export compliance.  These can include difficult item classification issues or even guidance in voluntary self disclosure.  We also provide quick answers for your ITAR questions on a question by question basis.  Additionally, our ITAR Store can supply you with signs, visitor badges, and other accessories required for maintaining site security

How Can We Help?

CVG Strategy provides expertise to businesses in Quality Management, Product Test and Evaluation, Cybersecurity, and Export Compliance.  Learn more about how we can help your organization meet today’s business requirements by contacting us today.

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