Important Update: Export Administration Regulations

Most transactions involving the shipments of commercial items from the United States to foreign destinations are subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has jurisdiction over the export and re-export of “dual-use” items (commodities, technology and software that have both civilian and military applications). These controls are implemented through the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Effective October 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce is enacting changes to licensing requirements for certain items that were previously controlled by the Department of State. Please note:

  • Certain items that were previously controlled by ITAR (U.S. Department of State) will now be subject to the EAR and will be controlled by the BIS.
  • Changing license regulations will allow the U.S. Department of State to focus on items that pose a significant risk to national security. Less restrictive licensing requirements will also make it easier for foreign companies to utilize U.S. made goods in their manufacturing process.
  • AIT strongly encourages shippers to review the upcoming changes to the EAR and determine if licensing requirements for their products have changed.

For further information on changes to the Export Administration Regulations, please visit the Bureau of Industry and Security’s website.

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