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Drop-shipping

A common situation that U.S. companies may find themselves in is selling and shipping to a U.S. company, and then being asked to ship directly to a foreign company. This practice, known as drop-shipping, turns the U.S. company into an exporter and with it all the responsibilities of being the U.S. Principal Party in Interest […]

ITAR Canadian Exemption Provision

Prior to utilizing the ITAR Canadian exemption provision to export hardware and technical data related to defense services, exporters must receive a certification that ensures that the end use of the item is allowed under the exemption provision. Additionally, the certification should limit delivery/end use of the defense article being produced directly to an identified […]

Implementing Export Compliance Policies and Procedures

Once your company drafts (or revises) Export Compliance Policies and Procedures, you must ensure you take steps to implement these documents properly and that your company is fully compliant with the procedures outlined in them. Prior to finalizing the Policies and Procedures, companies should ensure there is no conflict between their practices and their written […]

CJs and CCATS

In instances where there is a question as to the classification or jurisdiction following the exporter’s self-classification, it is recommended that a State Department Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) and/or a Commerce Department Classification Request (CCATS) be obtained for the items to be exported. Both classification submissions will allow for the confirmation of jurisdiction/classification, and thus allow […]

Classification/Jurisdiction of US Origin Items By a Foreign Entity

In certain cases, a foreign entity (i.e. foreign consignee, end user, etc.) may make a self-determination regarding the classification/jurisdiction of an item, including reclassifications based on Export Control Reform. If the U.S. exporter or manufacturer does not provide the foreign party with the classification, the foreign party is responsible for determining if the item is […]

Restricted Parties Screening

A key component to every company’s export compliance program should be screening of the U.S. government export sanctioned lists prior to shipment. Companies may choose to screen the lists prior to accepting an order, but that does not negate their responsibility to screen prior to shipment as well as parties may have been added after […]

Temporary Exports to a U.S. Person’s Foreign Subsidiary, Affiliate, or Facility Abroad (License Exception TMP)

BIS License Exception TMP [§740.9 (a)(10)] allows for the temporary export of items to a U.S. company’s foreign subsidiary, facility, or affiliate.  This license exception can be utilized for parts, components, accessories, test equipment, or tools to be sent from the U.S. company to their foreign affiliate/subsidiary/facility to be used to manufacture, assemble, test, produce […]

U.S. Commerce Department New Requirements for Exports to Hong Kong

As of April 19th,  companies exporting/re-exporting U.S. Commerce Department controlled items to Hong Kong must obtain a copy of a valid Hong Kong import license prior to the export/re-export, if the export of the item is controlled for one of the following reasons: national security (NS), missile technology (MT), nuclear proliferation (NP column 1), or […]

Material Changes to Registration

If there is a material change to information submitted as part of your State Department registration application (on your DS-2032), you are required to submit the proper notification to DDTC. Material changes include changes in subsidiaries/affiliates, changes in senior officers, or change in address of the company (note: this list is not exhaustive). DDTC must […]

Recordkeeping

Records regarding all export transactions should be kept for a period of five years. The five year period begins with either the expiration of the license, if the shipment was made against a license, or the date of the transaction, if shipped against a license exception/exemption or NLR. Documents that should be maintained include the […]