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USMIL Final Rule Published

USMIL final rule published as part of Export Control Reform firearms components no longer controlled

On May 21st, the final rule to remove unnecessary items from the United States Munitions Import List (USMIL), under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, was published. This rule finalized an interim rule published on March 27, 2014. The removal of unnecessary items from the USMIL is a key component of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative, allowing resources to be directed towards imports that are more sensitive as well as streamlining the import control system.

The items that were removed from the USMIL are varied but a few examples include: “riflescopes manufactured to military specifications and specifically designed or modified components thereof” (from Category I), “ammunition belting and linking machines…ammunition manufacturing machines and ammunition loading machines except handloading ones” (from Category III), and removing mine sweeping equipment, harbor entrance detection devices and related components and controls from Category VI. Many items that were removed from the USMIL were removed because of the availability of domestic supply.

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