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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

President Obama’s Visit to India Raises Hopes for More Significant Nuclear Cooperation With India but Leaves Lingering Uncertainty for Suppliers

President Barack Obama’s January 2015 visit to India began with the announcement of an agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate cooperation between the two countries on civilian nuclear technology. Read More: Obama’s Visit to India Raises Hopes for More Significant Nuclear Cooperation With India but Leaves Lingering Uncertainty for Suppliers

Department of Energy Issues Final Rule Amending its Nuclear Export Control Regulations

On 23 February 2015 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 9359) (Final Rule) to amend the Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810), which govern the export and re-export of unclassified nuclear technology and assistance. Read more: Department of Energy Issues Final Rule Amending its

State Department Issues Advisory Opinion on Cloud Computing

In a recent advisory opinion related to an exemption under the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR), the State Department confirmed that a company could use a data security method called “tokenization” to protect export-controlled technical data stored in the cloud on servers located outside the United States, provided the company satisfied the conditions of

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

Export Control Reform Advances

The Obama administration has taken a major step in its export control reform initiative: the submittal of its first formal notification to Congress of proposed changes to the State Department’s U.S. Munitions List.  The notification, which was required under Section 38(f) of the Arms Export Control Act, relates to the movement of certain military aircraft, aircraft parts and gas

Commercial Satellites: Report to Congress Recommends the Relaxation of Export Controls

The Department of Defense and Department of State released a long-awaited joint report to Congress on April 18, 2012 recommending the relaxation of export controls currently applicable to certain types of commercial satellites, satellite components and related systems.  The so-called Section 1248 report, which was mandated by Congress under a 2009 statute, represents another significant development

Export Control Reform Initiative: New ECCN Series

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule on April 13, 2012 announcing a new series of Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCN 0Y521 series) on the Commerce Control List (CCL) of the Export Administration Regulations intended to capture items that warrant control on the CCL but are not yet identified