BIS Releases Export Compliance Guidelines in Spanish

(December 16, 2021)

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is pleased to introduce two Spanish-language guidance documents, Elementos de un ECP (Elements of an ECP) and Directrices de Cumplimiento Para Las Exportaciones (Export Compliance Guidelines). The English and Spanish language versions of Elements of an ECP are posted on BIS’s website here and here ; the two versions of the Export Compliance Guidelines are here, in English, and here, in Spanish.

The documents, both of which focus on the elements that BIS recommends as part of a comprehensive export compliance program, are among the resources and services that BIS makes available to the exporting public to assist with compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR, 730 – 774) (EAR). For additional information on export compliance, please visit the Export Management and Compliance page on BIS’s website.

BIS is releasing the two documents as part of its commitment to the implementation of executive Order 13985 of January 20, 2021, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. BIS chose to offer the documents in Spanish based on data from the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau and Minority Business Development Agency indicating that after English, Spanish is the language most frequently spoken in the United States, and, that while a disproportionately small number of minority business enterprises are exporters, these businesses benefit more from exporting as compared to nonminority-owned firms.

BIS’s partnership with exporters is essential to the success of its mission to “advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.” With the release of these two guidance documents in Spanish, BIS hopes to encourage more minority business enterprises to export their products.

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