Training Requirements for ITAR – Knowledge is Power

Training Requirements for ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) are often overlooked by companies working with defense articles and defense services.  In truth, the day to day challenges of developing product, conducting testing, advancing sales opportunities, and meeting deadlines consume most of our time.  The reality however, is that well designed and intentioned export compliance programs are only as effective as the weakest team member.  As a result, infractions can occur that can endanger the success of our enterprises.

Technical Data

A major vulnerability for any compliance program is the handling of technical data.  This data is available to most members of a company’s personnel.  It includes information dealing with the design, manufacture, testing, repair, quality control, or installation. 

Sharing this data in any manner with a foreign person is considered a deemed export.  If this transfer occurs without a license it is considered a violation under ITAR and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Therefore, all personnel should receive regular training to reinforce proper data management.

Training Requirements and Your Compliance Program

Export compliance programs change as businesses evolve.  Often changes are required as a result of a program audits or voluntary disclosures.  These changes must however be put into practice to be effective. 

These process and procedure changes must be communicated on a regular basis to all involved for a business to remain ITAR compliant.  Ineffective implementation of changes meant to address known inadequacies in a program can result in prosecution when violations are found. 

Changes in Export Regulations

There have been many changes in ITAR in 2020.  Changes will quite likely continue to take place in light of developments in international relations.  As often mentioned with regard to export regulations, “Ignorance of the law is not a defense”.  Keeping current with these developments is the responsibility of everybody in an organization, starting with the executives. 

Fines and prison sentences are certainly not to be taken lightly, but neither should be the loss of reputation and trust within an organization’s customers and suppliers.

CVG Strategy and Export Compliance Training

Regular training is a requirement for all employees in an export compliance program.  This is a requirement by both the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). 

Our comprehensive and engaging course provides training that is of value to those with experience in export law because it allows them to keeping current on changes in regulations and reinforces best practices for achieving compliance.   It also provides those new to export compliance with an overview of the involved agencies and laws so that they can understand how to access these regulations.

CVG Strategy understands the importance of ITAR training requirements.  We provide engaging, informative, and effective training for ITAR, EAR, and Canadian export regulations.  We can also help establish an effective export compliance program that meets your organizations requirements.  Our experts can also provide audits to monitor your programs performance and provide metrics for improvement. 

Visit our ITAR store for badges, signs, and other items to assist in your facility security.  We also provide quick answers to any pressing export compliance questions you might have.

Course Description

This one-day ITAR Training Basics live webinar provides a fundamental overview of the U.S. International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), the U.S. Export Administration Regulations.  It includes instruction and exercises on how to classify articles (product and tech data).  Additionally, it explains the key principals in the regulatory and statutory framework involved in export compliance.

Subjects covered in this training include:

  • ITAR and United States Munitions List (USML)
  • EAR and CCL (Commerce Control List)
  • How to Register with the DDTC
  • ITAR and EAR technical data controls
  • ITAR and EAR licenses
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Transition of hardware and technical data from the Munitions List (USML) to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Regulation of brokering activities
  • Two sections on how to classify articles
  • Use of classifications to organize necessary controls under US Law.

Kevin Gholston

Kevin Gholston

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