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Archive for December 2014

Expanded Hong Kong license requirements

On December 23, 2014, the Commerce Department released a rule that expanded license requirements for both exports and re-exports to Hong Kong for products that are controlled for reasons of national security. Before this rule was issued, there was no destination-based license requirement for “certain national security-controlled items”.  Additionally, these items will require an import […]

ITAR Category XI Transition

On December 30, ITAR Category XI (Military Electronics) will be transitioning to the EAR. Many items previously under the jurisdiction of the State Department will now be a part of the Commerce Department’s 600 series.  These items will require a Commerce Department license, if they are not eligible for the use of a license exception.  As not all […]

Reduced Sanctions on Cuba

President Obama announced there will be a reduction in current U.S. import and export sanctions on Cuba today.  Initially, these sanction reductions will result in the lessening of restrictions on Cubans traveling to Cuba to visit relatives and ability to import Cuban cigars into the U.S.   In the weeks ahead, amendments to both OFAC’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations […]

Canadian Exemption Provision

Under 22 CFR 126.5 (b)(1) [i.e. the Canadian Exemption Provision], defense items being exported to Canada may be eligible for this State Department license exemption. To use the Canadian Exemption provision, the Canadian company must have registered through the Canadian Controlled Goods Registration Program.  Additionally, the items must remain in Canada with a Canadian Controlled […]

Government Furnished Equipment

DDTC has waived the §123.22(a)(2) requirement for Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) by U.S. contractors. This section requires that “the applicant, or an agent acting on the applicant’s behalf, must ensure that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection decrements both temporary licenses to show the exit and entry of the hardware.” Under the new policy, contractors […]