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DDTC agreements

In addition to issuing export licenses, U.S. State Department’s DDTC also reviews and approves agreements between U.S. companies and foreign companies that involve the transfer of technical data and/or distribution rights of hardware.  Agreements in themselves do not authorize hardware exports but exports of hardware can be covered in the scope of the agreement and […]

U.S. Export Controls for the Commercial Space Industry

The 2nd edition of the “U.S. Export Controls for the Commercial Space Industry” was jointly published this month by Commerce’s Office of Space Commerce and the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. This guide assists manufacturers and exporters in the commercial space industry with a variety of export related tasks, such as determining the jurisdiction […]

Cote d’Ivoire Sanctions Removed

On November 13, 2017, OFAC removed the Cote d’Ivoire Sanctions Regulations from the Federal Register. This was a product of the termination of the national emergency by President Obama in September 2016. A national emergency had been declared in regards to Cote d’Ivoire in February 2006, and the sanction program for the country was implemented […]

De Minimis

For items under the U.S. Commerce Department jurisdiction, the EAR has a set of rules for determining if a foreign made commodity/software/technology incorporates enough U.S. origin controlled content to still be under EAR jurisdiction. For a non- 600 series/9×515/”see through carve out” (see below) item going to Country Group E:1 and for items classified as […]

Direct Product Rule

EAR §736.2 (b)(3) advises companies regarding the circumstances when non U.S. made products will require a Commerce license (called the “direct product rule”). For items that are not 600 series (or 9×515) and are not U.S. made, a license (or use of a license exception) will still be required to export abroad if the U.S. […]

DOD – Military Critical Technical Data- Joint Certification Program (JCP)

For a U.S. company to be permitted access to U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) or Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) technical data that has been qualified as Military Critical Technology Data, the company must be certified (registered) under the Joint Certification Program of DOD or DND. The U.S. company’s certification is completed with DOD […]

Revocation of Certain Sanction Regarding Sudan

Effective October 12, 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control is revoking many of the sanctions on Sudan.  Sudan, however, continues be included on OFAC’s and BIS’s lists as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) and applicable restrictions pertain. With the revocation of existing OFAC sanctions exports to Sudan are permissible for export by use […]

The Entity List

A key component to a company’s export compliance program should be screening of the U.S. government export sanctioned lists prior to shipment. Lists that should be screened include: Denied Persons List (EAR), Entity List (EAR), Unverified List (EAR), Debarment List (ITAR), Sanctioned Parties List (ITAR), Nonproliferation Sanctions List (ITAR), and Specially Designated Nationals (OFAC).   […]

Year End Review of Export Compliance Requirements

Another year is coming to a close in a few months making this a good time to review your export compliance program and determine any deficiencies to be addressed prior to year end.   Training: All employees who are involved in export- decision making should receive training on a yearly basis.  Additionally, any new export […]

Schedule B (Statistical Classification of Commodities Exported from the United States) Requirements

A Schedule B number is a 10-digit number used to classify specific commodities on their export from the U.S.  This numeric number qualification of articles is required for the U.S. Government – Census Bureau to gather and report statistics on specific goods exported including: quantity/value, destination country and if the goods are U.S. or foreign origin.    Schedule […]