U.S. Export Controls Labyrinth

Most businesses are surprised that United States takes the position that

"Export Controls apply to all U.S. origin products. Although some controls are more strict than others, exporters are required by law to report all exports to U.S. Customs. In addition, exports from specific product categories must be reported to the agency or agencies that govern that type of export. If your company exports products specifically designed for military applications, they must report to U.S. Customs and the Department of State.

In addition, export controls apply to all U.S. origin technical data. Similar to the controls governing U.S. origin products, all technical data produced in the United States is subject to export controls. If your company exports technical data that is directly related to military hardware and applications they must report to U.S. Customs and the Department of State.

Export controls for your company may also apply to foreign components that result from U.S. data, services supplied by U.S. persons, and the employment of foreign nationals...

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State may have classified some your company's products as strategic. This means that some of your company's products have been specifically designed for, or inherently have possible military applications. According to U.S. export control regulations, your company must obtain permission from the U.S. Government to export these products or technologies to other countries. To prevent unauthorized export, it is crucial that all employees and management be aware of these regulations and maintain a program of strict compliance."

For more information, including a useful rss feed, see US State Department ITAR Export Compliance

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