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Letter of Intent/End Use Statement

It is best practice before you export an item to receive a Letter of Intent (LOI) or End Use Statement (EUS) from your foreign customer. These statements are required for State Department (DDTC) licenses and recommended for Commerce Department (BIS) licenses. A LOI or EUS must identify the larger system that the exported item will […]

Category XII Transition Final Rules Published

On October 12, 2016, the State and Commerce Departments published final rules amending USML Category XII: Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance Equipment. The final rule will be effective on December 31, 2016.  In the revised Category XII, certain paragraphs define items as defense articles (and thus include them on the USML) based on if […]

DDTC Company Visit Program

DDTC Company Visit Program The State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC) relaunched their Company Visit Program (CVP) this year. This program provides for visits by DTCC compliance personnel, or other representatives of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), to various DDTC registered entities, as well as other parties involved in ITAR […]

Export Training

Regular export training of export involved employees on U.S. Export Licensing and Compliance is an important aspect of any Export Compliance program. Export Policies and Procedures should reference the training schedule (ex. annual, periodic), as well as requirements for new employees to be trained. Training can be done by qualified internal personnel  or outside experts in […]

ACE Transition

Since the Obama administration published Executive Order 13659 in February 2014, there has been a gradual transition to a “single window” for the input of export data electronically. This streamlining was meant to put all required data for all federal agencies in one place, and allow for the expediting of shipments and reduction of redundant […]

DDTC Agreement Guidelines Revision

On September 1, 2016, the DDTC Guidelines for Preparing Agreements (Revision 4.4) went into effect. The revised guidelines take into account the revised definitions for export, reexport, and retransfer, as described in the State Department Rule published on June 3.  This rule harmonized definitions of the above words and also went into effect September 1st.   […]

Harmonization of Destination Control Statement

On August 17, the State and Commerce Departments issued notices finalizing the harmonization of the destination control statement between the two departments that will go into effect on November 15. At the present time, the Commerce and the State Department both require Destination Control Statements to be printed on various export documents, but the text […]

Decrementing BIS Licenses in AES

On July 28, AES began decrementing BIS licenses and notifying exporters. Exporters who report exports against a BIS license will get a series of Informational Messages through AES to assist them in keeping track of the remaining value of their license. These messages include notification when the value of the license has been exceeded/met by […]

Category XIV (toxicological agents) and XVIII(directed energy weapons) Final Rule Published

On July 28, 2016 the Commerce and State Departments issued notices amending Category XIV (toxicological agents) and XVIII (directed energy weapons).  This transition will go into effect on December 21, 2016.  Category XIV, using guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture, establishes a list of Tier 1 pathogens and […]

Export Shipment Compliance Requirements

When shipping and exporting an item, either licensable or non-licensable, there are certain steps you should take to make sure you are in compliance with U.S. export laws and regulations. First, before shipment, the exporter should check to make sure no party to the transaction is on any U.S. government restricted party list. You must […]