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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, a violation of U.S. Iranian sanctions. Due to increasing pressure from Chinese officials, and acknowledgement that the sanction would cause disruption to companies throughout ZTE’s global supply chain, BIS has created a temporary general license to restore the prior licensing policy for ZTE and ZTE Kangxun effective on March 7, 2016.  This temporary license was originally set to expire on June 30th, 2016, but has been extended to August 30, 2016.

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