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Changes to DTrade forms and Agreement Guidelines

On March 31, 2016, DDTC announced that beginning April 15th a new edition of DTrade forms (Version 9.2) will be required.  This will effect DSP-5s, DSP-6s, DSP-61s, DSP-62s, DSP-73s, and DSP-74s. Old versions of the forms will not be accepted starting that date (April 15).   Additionally, on March 29, 2016, DDTC published Revision 4.3 […]

ZTE-Temporary General License

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, a violation of U.S. Iranian sanctions. Due […]

Revisions to Cuba Export Restrictions

The Bureau of Industry of Security (BIS) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on March 16, 2016 amendments to regulations restricting trade with Cuba in response to the President’s policy. These changes permit the following trade activities, previously restricted.   Travel to Cuba – (People to People Educational) by U.S. Persons to Cuba […]

DOD Distribution Statements

The Defense Department utilizes a series of Distribution Statements for technical data that describe the level of distribution authorized. These statements are labeled A-F and X.  Statement A is the least restrictive, signifying the data is approved for unlimited public distribution and Statement F the most restrictive which limits “further dissemination only as directed by […]

USML Category XII Proposed Revision

On February 19, the Commerce and State Departments published proposed revisions to USML Category XII and the EAR relating to the control of Fire Control, Lasers, Guidance and Control Equipment.   A previous version of the proposed rule was published on May 5, 2015; due to the comments received however, there was a complete re-draft for […]

Cuba Amendments

On January 27, 2016, new changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the EAR went into effect, continuing the President’s policy of expanding relations with Cuba. Restrictions will be lifted on authorized exports and reexports, allowing U.S. banks to provide financing. This change will not apply for agricultural items and commodities. BIS has […]

Proposed Changes to Military Aircraft and Engine Regulations

  On February 9, the State and Commerce Departments published proposed revisions to the Military Aircraft and Engine regulations.  As stated in the revision by Commerce, these amendments allow for DDTC and BIS to account for “technological developments and practical application issues”. One clarification from BIS is that a note will be added to §740.2 […]

JCPOA

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had met its obligations under JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). In light of this, on January 21, both the Executive Office (through an Executive Order) and OFAC published a revocation of nuclear-related sanctions of Iran. Hundreds of names were removed from […]

Air Shows

If your company will be participating and exhibiting products at Air Shows (Singapore Air Show, Farnborough Air Show, ILA Berlin Air Show, etc.) it is important that any military/defense products, including parts/components, are not forwarded/exported or taken with company employees to the air show without required State Department or Commerce Department licensing authority or use […]

Export Classification/Jurisdiction

Exporting is not the only reason to determine the U.S. Export classification/jurisdiction of a company’s items. The need to restrict controlled technical data from foreign nationals should be a major consideration for all companies.  This need may come in many forms, from employing foreign nationals, inquiries from foreign companies requesting product information, or foreign national […]