Export Controls U.S. Commerce Department

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Continuation of ZTE General License Until February 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is again extending the general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and in-country transfers...more

November 15, 2016 Implementation Date for BIS and DDTC Harmonized Destination Control Statements

As part of the President's Export Control Reform (E CR) initiative, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a final...more

Update on Life Sciences Exports to Iran and Sudan

On September 28, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued its Biennial Report of Licensing Activities Pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000,...more

US Implements Regulation Changes for Encryption Products, Software and Technology

On September 20, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Commerce Department amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the list of goods, software and technology that are controlled under the...more

With the New Definitions Rules from Commerce and State, Do You Need to Change Your Export Compliance Program? (IRB No. 555)

The long-awaited definitions rules have finally arrived as part of Export Control Reform. But wait, they’re not all there—the definitions, that is. While Commerce addressed essentially all of the items included in its last...more

Alert: US Government Issues Administrative Subpoena to Huawei Technologies

According to recent news reports, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued a subpoena in April to Huawei Technologies Co. ("Huawei"), one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment...more

Contracting Globally - Part 1: Export Administration Regulations

The potential for government contractors to grow and become successful outside of the U.S. is tremendous and should not be overlooked by small businesses. The world outside our borders is a critical marketplace that should be...more

New Commerce Department Procedure Available for U.S. Cuba License Holders – It’s a Bit Hard to Find, But if You Need It, You Need...

We all know that export regulations cannot keep up with reality. Reforms are happening very quickly, especially regarding Cuba. So, here’s a new procedure we just discovered. Perhaps it can help you if you are ever similarity...more

U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Global Telecommunications Manufacturer ZTE Corporation

On Tuesday, March 8, the U.S. Department of Commerce placed Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, known as ZTE, on the Entity List, along with affiliates ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd., Beijing 8-Star...more

Commerce Department Puts China Telecom Giant ZTE on Export Blacklist

On March 8, 2016, a notice appeared in the Federal Register indicating that Chinese telecom giant ZTE, effective immediately, has been placed on the Department of Commerce’s "Entity List." This means that nothing can be...more

License Required for All Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE Corporation as of March 8, 2016

As of March 8, 2016, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE Corporation) will be added to the Entity List published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This means that no company may export, reexport, or...more

"OFAC and BIS Further Ease Cuba Restrictions"

On September 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended their respective Cuba regulations to...more

U.S. Government Takes Steps to Further Ease Restrictions on Cuba

U.S. Commerce and Treasury Department measures intended to further ease existing export and sanctions restrictions regarding Cuba took effect on September 21, 2015. These amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations...more

You Want to Export to Cuba? Get Ready, But You Probably Can’t Quite Yet.

New rules came out on September 21, 2015 from both the Commerce and Treasury Departments. Although for the most part these changes only slightly broaden or clarify pre-existing exceptions to the embargo against Cuba, they...more

US revises Cuba sanctions regulations to further normalize trade with Cuba

On September 18, 2015, the US Department of Treasury and US Department of Commerce released significant revisions to the US embargo on Cuba, as set out in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export...more

Proposed Amendments Provide Data Security Standard Under ITAR and EAR

The Commerce and State Departments have issued long-awaited proposed regulations that provide data security standards for use in the transmission and storage of ITAR-controlled and EAR-controlled electronic data. If enacted...more

Russia Sanctions Update

On September 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding 29 parties to its Entity List, a...more

Pardon the “Intrusion” – Cybersecurity Worries Scuttle Wassenaar Changes

Companies concerned about their cybersecurity posture can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently announced it was scrapping plans to implement new...more

State Sponsor of Terrorism Amendment Made to EAR Regarding Cuba

Amendment triggers change in EAR de minimis level for controlled US-origin content in foreign made products. On April 14, US President Barack Obama submitted to Congress the statutorily required report indicating the...more

U.S. Government Approves Crude Oil Swaps with Mexico While Congress Considers Repealing the Underlying Export Restrictions

On August 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) indicated that it would approve a number of export license applications permitting parties in the United States to swap crude oil...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Places Severe Export Restrictions on Russian Deepwater Oil and Gas Field

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule adding the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, a Russian oil and gas field located in the Sea of Okhotsk, to its Entity...more

The Baby and the Bathwater: The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Intrusion and Surveillance Software...

If you are not aware, please take note that the July 20, 2015 deadline is fast approaching for comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed rule on the export control of certain...more

Trade & Manufacturing - July 2015

In This Issue: - Update on Trade Promotion Authority and Companion Trade Bills: A Lot Can Happen In Washington In 34 Days - Congress Allows Export-Import Bank Charter to Expire, for Now - WTO Finds That COOL Is...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2015

State and Commerce Departments Seek Input from Industry on Elements of Export Control Reform - In recent weeks, the State Department and the Commerce Department have published in the Federal Register several proposed...more

State and Commerce Departments Publish Next Set of Proposed Export Control Reform Rules: Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical...

In This Issue: - Export Control Reform Initiative - DDTC Proposed Rule - BIS Proposed Rule - For More Information - Excerpt from Export Control Reform Initiative: By way of background, the Export...more

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