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August 29, 2016

BIS published a notice in the Federal Register [with hyperlink to the link below] to advise the public that the National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee, co-chaired by the departments of Commerce and State, is seeking public comments on the potential market impact of the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Stockpile Annual Materials Plan.

Click here to view the FR Notice

March 7, 2016

Documents Pertaining to the Addition of ZTE Corporation and Related Entities to the Entity List

BIS has added ZTE Corporation and three affiliated entities to the Entity List.   The Entity List (Supplement No. 4 to Part 744) includes foreign entities that are subject to specific license requirements for the export, reexport, or transfer of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  

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The principal bases for the addition of these entities were two ZTE corporate documents entitled “Report Regarding Comprehensive Reorganization and the Standardization of the Company Export Control Related Matters” and “Proposal for Import and Export Control Risk Avoidance.”  These documents outline a ZTE-developed scheme to violate U.S. export control laws by establishing, controlling, and using a series of “detached” (e.g., shell or front) companies to illicitly reexport controlled items to sanctioned countries without authorization.  
These documents, in original language and English translation, are:
         1.    “Report Regarding Comprehensive Reorganization and the Standardization of the Company Export Control Related Matters”
        Mandarin
        English
         2.    “Proposal for Import and Export Control Risk Avoidance”
        Mandarin
        English


March 1, 2016

Letter from Secretary Pritzker to several associations on the implementation of the Wassenaar Arrangement “intrusion software” and surveillance technology provisions


February 23, 2016
                                                                                                                                                             
BIS publishes rule revising the Entity List


This rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding eight persons under eight entries to the Entity List under the destination of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).  This final rule also removes nine persons from the Entity List, as the result of a request for removal submitted by these persons, a review of information provided in the removal request in accordance with the procedure for requesting removal or modification of an Entity List entity and further review conducted by the End-User Review Committee (ERC). Finally, this rule is also revising six existing entries in the Entity List.  One entry under Iran is modified to correct the entry by updating the Federal Register citation.  Five entries on the Entity List under the destinations of Armenia, Greece, India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom (U.K.) are modified to reflect a removal from the Entity List.
Entity List Rule

 

February 19, 2016

BIS publishes rule revising the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance and Control Equipment the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML)


This proposed rule describes how articles the President determines no longer warrant control under Category XII (Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance and Control Equipment) of the United States Munitions List (USML) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) would be controlled under the Commerce Control List (CCL) of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by amending Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 7A611 and creating new “600 series” ECCNs 7B611, 7D611, and 7E611.  In addition, for certain dual-use infrared detection items, this proposed rule would expand controls for certain software and technology, eliminate the use of some license exceptions, revise licensing policy, and expand license requirements for certain transactions involving military end users or foreign military commodities.  This proposed rule would also harmonize provisions within the EAR by revising controls related to certain quartz rate sensors and uncooled thermal imaging cameras. This proposed rule was published simultaneously with a Department of State proposed rule that would make related changes to Categories XII of the United States Munitions List.  Comments on these proposed rules are due no later than April 4, 2016.
BIS Rule
State Rule

 
February 9, 2016

BIS publishes clarifications and revisions to military aircraft, gas turbine engines and related items’ license requirements


This proposed rule would add clarifying text to the descriptions of the types of military aircraft controlled on the Commerce Control List.  The lists of items that are subject only to the anti-terrorism reason for control would be clarified and expanded.  This proposed rule was published simultaneously with a Department of State proposed rule that would make related changes to Categories VIII and XIX of the United States Munitions List.  Comments on these proposed rules are due no later than March 25, 2016.
BIS Rule
State Rule

 

January 27, 2016

BIS published Cuba licensing policy revisions


This rule amends the general policy of denial that applies applications for licenses to export or reexport to Cuba.  It provides a general policy of approval for five types of transactions and a policy of case-by-case review for items to meets the needs of the Cuban people even in instances where the Cuban government is the consignee.  This rule does not make any changes to license requirements or to license exception availability.  It was published simultaneously with a Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control rule that amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.
BIS Rule
Treasury Rule

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