The Bureau of Industry and Security


Strategic Trade Compliance Symposium

November 5-6, 2014

Washington, DC



For those that have requested a more in-depth export compliance course offering, this is it. This inaugural Strategic Trade Compliance Symposium is a two- day program dedicated to bringing the business community up-to-speed on the latest initiatives underway in export compliance from a wide variety of U.S. Government experts, including the latest developments in the Export Control Reform initiative.

During the two-day program, you will learn first-hand from senior U.S. Government officials about the elements of an effective export compliance program as well as the current issues and trends in export control policies, regulations, enforcement, legal and practices. Both days will include networking opportunities, offering you the chance to mingle and discuss issues of concern with BIS presenters, other federal agencies, and fellow participants.

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Location and Time

Hotel MonacoThe Strategic Trade Compliance Symposium will be held November 5-6, 2014 at the Hotel Monaco Washington DC, located at 700 F St, NW Washington, DC 20004. Symposium sessions will run from 8:30am to 5:00pm on both days. Each day will conclude with an informal networking session in the Hotel Monaco.  The registration fee is $405.00 per person and advance registration is required.




About the InstructorsAgencies pictures

The instructors are experienced export compliance specialists from BIS' Washington, D.C. headquarters. In addition, representatives from the Bureau of the Census, Department of Treasury Foreign Assets Control Office, Office of Export Enforcement, Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection have been invited to present.

The instructors will be available throughout the seminar to answer your questions on how U.S. export control requirements and regulations affect the export activities of your organization or client.


How to Develop an Export Compliance Program (ECP)

Are you interested in the success and growth of your business as well as being export compliant? The decision to develop an ECP (Export Compliance Program) is not only a smart business strategy, but also an investment in your organization’s future.

Join BIS experts and learn what the critical core ECP elements are and the benefits of having one in place. This program is designed to help you create your organization’s written compliance program or enhance what you already have established.

The seminar will focus on industry best practices of effective compliance programs that will help you efficiently manage your export compliance requirements by implementing strategies and safeguards that can minimize the risk of an export violation.

This seminar includes:

    • small group discussions
    • interactive and hands-on exercises
    • one-on-one counseling opportunities
    • compliance-peer networking
    • written compliance materials to assist in ECP development/enhancement

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Comments from our past attendees:

"Best export function I've attended to date!"

"The friendly atmosphere and speakers made this excellent."

"The broad scope is excellent and speakers did a good job condensing complex topics into short presentations."


Request an ECP Seminar for your Location

*Prerequisite: Participants should have a working knowledge of U.S. export regulations. This is not a regulatory seminar and does not cover subjects such as how to classify your product or how to determine whether or not your export requires a license. This workshop is for exporters who are ready to utilize their knowledge of export regulations to build an effective compliance program that addresses their export compliance responsibilities.*



Informed, voluntary compliance with U.S. export controls by the export trade community is an important contribution to U.S. National Security and a key component of BIS’s export administration and enforcement programs. All parties to U.S. export transactions must ensure their exports fully comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements. Compliance not only involves controlled goods and technologies, but also restrictions on shipping to certain countries, companies, organizations, and/or individuals. BIS works closely with the export trade community to raise awareness of compliance best practices and “red flags” of potential illicit activities, and to identify and act on export violations.

An Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP) can assist you in developing and implementing procedures to stay in compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). See EMCP for more information.

Have Our Specialists Review Your ECP
If you are writing an ECP for the first time or want some help updating an existing ECP, then we are here to help. Senior Export Compliance Specialists will review your ECP based on the Export Compliance Guidelines: The Elements of an Effective Export Compliance Program. This is a free service but companies are limited to just one submission. Typically, ECPs will be returned to the originator within 30 calendar days.

Submitting Your ECP
Send your written ECP via email to:
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Format: PDF or Word
Include a description of your company or link to your "About Us" page

No Cookie Cutter Approach
Like fingerprints on a person, ECPs are unique to each company.  More importantly, an effective ECP requires a high-level of detail with easy to read instructions. Lofty and vague policy statements should be strictly limited in an ECP. Look to build, educate, and enhance whenever possible.

Resources on ECPs
Review our comprehensive guide to the eight elements, "Export Compliance Guidelines: The Elements of an Effective Export Compliance Program." This extensive book offers an in-depth explanation on the eight elements and how they relate to the requirements set in the Export Administration Regulations. Scattered throughout the book are examples, templates, charts, figures, and illustrations to assist you in drafting your own Export Compliance Manual.

Within the manual is the "Audit Module: Self-Assessment Tool." a checklist to compare your procedures against the Compliance Guidelines ECP. Whether you are developing your organization’s ECP manual for the first time or whether you are assessing your established ECP, it’s a good practice to periodically examine your procedures and see if you need to add, change or omit different parts.


Sentinel Program:

Many end-use checks are conducted through BIS' Sentinel Program. Trained OEE Special Agents are deployed from the United States to countries to visit the end-users of sensitive controlled commodities and determine whether these items are being used in accordance with license conditions. Sentinel teams assess the suitability of foreign end-users to receive U.S.-origin licensed goods and technology, assess prospective end-users on pending license applications for diversion risk, and conduct educational outreach to foreign trade groups. In this way, Sentinel trips help to create the confidence needed to foster trade while strengthening U.S. national security.

Outreach Program:

The purpose of the Outreach program is to prevent illegal exports by educating industry about export controls and eliciting industry’s cooperation in protecting our national security and foreign policy objectives. An Outreach contact is a one-on-one visit with the representative of a company. It is normally done in person, but under certain instances, it can be conducted over the phone. The types of companies contacted include, but are not limited to, manufacturers, exporters, and freight forwarders.

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