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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 […]

TSU

If you export sales technology as part of your bidding/quoting process, you may be able to utilize the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations’ license exception “Technology and Software Unrestricted (TSU)”. License Exception TSU [§740.13(b)] allows for the export of Commerce jurisdiction technology that is typically part of a quote/bid/offer, per customary business practice. This technology […]

O Canada! (The Blog Edition)

Exporting to Canada can most often done without having to first apply for a license. For products and technical data under the jurisdiction of the State Department, the Canadian exemption provision (22 CFR 126.5) can usually be utilized.  22CFR 126.5(b)(1) should be reviewed by exporters prior to using the Canadian exemption provision as it lists […]

Foreign National Visitors

Access by foreign national visitors to controlled product and technical data should be restricted by U.S. companies. When visitors are identified as foreign nationals at sign in access should be limited to areas of the company’s factory or facility where no export controlled technical data or product can be accessed. If this is not feasible […]