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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 […]

Foreign National Licensing

If you have foreign national employees, it may be necessary to secure BIS or DDTC licensing for those employee to access controlled technical data and/or product.  Foreign national employees are employees who are neither U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (i.e. Green Card holder), nor an individual who is granted status as a “protected person” under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). […]

Transition Deadline Approaching for Category VIII Agreements

October 15, 2016 will mark three years from the effective date of the Export Control Reform transition of Categories VIII and XIX. It is vital that all agreements including items that have transitioned to the EAR be amended, or alternative licensing secured, by that time.  If all items on your DDTC agreement have transitioned to […]

Temporary General License Extended for ZTE

As previously reported on our Export Blog, on March 8, 2016 Chinese telecommunications company Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) was added, along with several related entities, to BIS’ Entity List.  This was a result of ZTE signing contracts in 2012 to ship U.S. made telecom hardware and software to Iran via a series of shell companies, […]

Prior Consignee Statement

If your company chooses to utilize BIS license exception STA for eligible exports, it is important that you are using the most current version of the Commerce Department’s Prior Consignee Statement (see below).  The Prior Consignee Statement is to be obtained in writing from the foreign consignee prior to exporting the item. All exports utilizing […]

Export Control Reform: Update and Recap

Over the last 3 years, the State and Commerce Departments have proceeded in issuing proposed and final rules related to Export Control Reform.  Below is the current status of each category and a summary of the requirements for replacement/amendment of licenses for Category VIII/XIX transitioned items related to the termination of the transition period for […]

EAR/ITAR Definitions Rules

On June 3rd, the State and Commerce Departments released final rules revising export related definitions in the EAR and ITAR.  Definitions of export and re-export were harmonized across the two sets of regulations to ease the burden on exporters.  Additionally, definitions of release and retransfer were added to the ITAR, the latter of which is […]