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BIS and DDTC Amend Regulations Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance and Control Equipment

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) published proposed rules in the Federal Register today (BIS rules here; DDTC rules here) amending the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and Category XII of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) as part of the President’s

BIS Lifts Licensing Requirements for Crude Oil Exports

Effective immediately, pursuant to section 101 of Division O of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, signed on December 18, 2015, a Department of Commerce license is no longer required to export crude oil. Crude oil is now classified as EAR99. Most exports of crude oil may now be made as NLR (no license required). Exporters should be aware that exports to embargoed or sanctioned countries or persons, including those listed in parts 744 and 746 of the EAR and persons subject to a denial of export privileges, continue to require authorization.

BIS will shortly be taking steps to amend the Export Administration Regulations to reflect this change. Companies holding current licenses for crude oil exports should be aware of section 750.7(i) of the EAR terminating license conditions upon the termination of the requirement for the export license.

Departments of State and Commerce Issue Final Rules to Ease U.S. Export Controls on Commercial Communications Satellites

On 13 May 2014, the Departments of Commerce and State issued interim final rules implementing substantial changes to U.S. satellite export controls. These changes, which follow the proposed rules issued on 24 May 2013, are expected to reduce significantly the administrative and licensing burdens associated with the current export control regime. Read More: Departments of

Sanctions and Export Control Alert

The Department of Commerce’s move was announced on 25 March 2014 on the website of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which administers the export licensing process for items on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Commerce Control List. The notice reads, “Since March 1, 2014, BIS has placed a hold on the issuance of

U.S. Department of Commerce Changes Policy to Include More Small Companies in Antidumping Administrative Reviews

In a major shift in policy, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is changing its practice regarding the selection of respondents in a particular type of antidumping duty proceeding known as an administrative review (i.e., annual proceedings to determine the appropriate duty rates for the previous year’s entries). This change promises to profoundly alter the