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Export Control Reform Roundup – Overview of Recent Developments

In This Issue: - I. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Controls on Toxicological Agents and Directed Energy Weapons - II. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Definitions...more

An attempt at Harmonization: Export Documentation Changes

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is currently accepting comments on methods of improving the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as well as harmonizing these regulations with the clearance requirements under the...more

Revision of UK Military List of Controlled Items

The list of military goods, software and technology that are subject to export controls has been revised on 24 March 2015. The changes have been made through the Export Control (Amendment) Order 2015 which replaces Schedule 2...more

U.S. Implements Targeted Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, following failed diplomatic efforts to bring Venezuela in line with its human rights commitments under international law, President Obama issued an Executive Order (E.O.) declaring Venezuela a national...more

EU sanctions against Russia: New targets and state of play

On 9 February 2015, the EU Foreign Affairs Council imposed new sanctions - asset freezes and travel bans - against 19 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 9 entities that have been added to the 'black list' of sanctioned...more

Update: Export Control Reform – One Year Later

It has now been over a year since the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative kicked off in October 2013 with revisions to four categories of the United States Munitions List (USML). Since then, 4 more rounds of changes...more

US Authorizes Sanctions and Export Controls Against Venezuela

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The legislation authorizes the United States to impose sanctions against certain...more

Corruption and the Security Sector.

Recently, there has been a great deal of writing about the impact of corruption on security forces. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published a work titled Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International...more

Military Electronics Export Reform: Let the Chips Fall Where They May

Every time there is a new round of reforms under the President’s Export Control Reform initiative, we hear the same advice: - Controls on certain items are eliminated or reduced (which creates new opportunities for...more

Drop Your Weapons: The United States Restricts Military Exports to Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict exports to Venezuela of certain items intended for “a military end use or end user.” ...more

BIS Ramps Up Restrictions on Trade With Venezuela

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) recently published a final rule adding to existing U.S. government restrictions on trade with Venezuela. The November 7th rule amends Section 744.21 of...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2014

DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition- Related Thresholds (DFARS Case 2014-D025) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition...more

U.S. Steps Up Sanctions and Export Controls Against Russia’s Defense Industry

The United States recently expanded sanctions and export controls against the Russian defense sector. These designations and export control steps have implications for defense contractors, parts suppliers and brokers....more

Verkhovna Rada approved anticrisis tax measures

On 31 July 2014 Verkhovna Rada approved Law #4309a "On amendments to Tax Code of Ukraine and other legislative acts (on improvement of certain provisions)" (Law). The law was signed by the President on 1 August 2014...more

Africa Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

The law regarding legal relations within Crimean peninsula has come into effect

On 27 April, the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Citizens' Rights and Freedoms on the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine" came into effect. The Law establishes the specifics of regulation of legal relations within the...more

Fixing a Broken Brokering Definition: DDTC Eases ITAR’s Regulatory Burden for Brokers and Brokering Activities

On August 26, 2013, in yet another move geared toward streamlining the U.S. export control regulatory landscape, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published its long-awaited interim...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2013

Introduction - Welcome to the July/August 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office files its first Bribery Act charges; a...more

State Department Consent Agreements with Aeroflex, Inc. and Meggitt-USA, Inc. Provide Blueprint for Compliance Success

On August 6 and 23, 2013, the US Department of State entered into Consent Agreements with Aeroflex, Inc. (Aeroflex) and Meggitt-USA, Inc. (Meggitt) to resolve numerous alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)...more

State Department Publishes Interim Final Rule to Clarify Defense-Broker Requirements

Section 38(f) of the Arms Export Control Act requires the registration of brokers of defense articles and defense services, pursuant to regulations currently published in Part 129 of the International Traffic in Arms...more

Counterfeits Can Kill U.S. Troops. So Why Isn't Congress and DoD Doing More to Stop it?

Sometime in the not-to-distant future, a submarine will sink. An air defense missile will detonate far from its intended target. A Seahawk helicopter will intercept a suicide speed boat headed for an aircraft carrier only to...more

Major Changes to U.S. Export Laws Go into Effect October 15, 2013: Is Your Company Ready?

New rules implementing export control reforms become effective October 15, 2013. The keystone of these reform efforts is to transfer jurisdiction of less sensitive military items currently controlled under the International...more

President Obama's Export Control Reform Initiative Continues with Final Revisions to Four U.S. Munitions List Categories and...

On July 8, 2013, the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce published final rules (78 Fed. Reg. 40892 and 40922), effective in 180 days (January 6, 2014), transferring export control jurisdiction over certain items previously...more

Status of Key Aspects of Export Control Reform

On April 16, 2013, the State Department and the Commerce Department published the first set of final rules in the Federal Register to implement the Obama administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative. The State Department...more

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