• FAQs

    FAQs for the Commerce Categories I-III (final rule) posted

  • Publication

    Publication of a 232 Report on the Effect of Imports of Steel on the National Security.

  • Publication

    Publication of a 232 Report on the Effect of Imports of Aluminum on the National Security.

  • Xinjiang

    Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

  • Suspension

    Suspension of License Exceptions for Hong Kong

  • Military

    Military End Use and End User FAQs

  • Revisions

    Revisions to EEI Filing Requirements Pursuant to Revisions to Section 744.21 (China/Russia/Venezuela military end use/end user rule)

  • Release

    Release of ‘‘Technology’’ to Certain Entities on the Entity List in the Context of Standards Organizations

  • Implementation

    Implementation of the February 2020 Australia Group Intersessional Decisions: Addition of Certain Rigid-Walled, Single-Use Cultivation Chambers and Precursor Chemicals to the Commerce Control List

  • BIS

    BIS Extends Comment Period for Electrical Steel Investigation

  • Air

    Air Force Supply Chain Survey Deployment Press Release

  • Entity

    Entity List final rule (0694-AI02) published 6/5/20 (85 FR 34503)

  • Entity

    Entity List final rule (0694-AI07) published 6/5/20 (85 FR 34495)

  • Expansion

    Expansion of Export, Reexport, and Transfer (in-Country) Controls for Military End Use or Military End Users in the People’s Republic of China, Russia, or Venezuela

  • Notice

    Notice of Request for Public Comments on Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Vanadium. Published 6/3/20.

  • Notice

    Notice of Inquiry Regarding the Exclusion Process for Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Import Tariffs and Quotas. Published 5/26/20.

  • Notice

    Notice of Request for Public Comments on Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Mobile Cranes. Published 5/26/20.

  • Bureau

    Bureau of Industry and Security 2020 Annual Conference on Export Controls: Acting Under Secretary Hull Announces Postponement

  • Notice

    Notice of Request for Public Comments on Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Laminations for Stacked Cores for Incorporation into Transformers, Stacked Cores for Incorporation Into Transformers, Wound Cores for Incorporation Into Tra

  • Amendments

    Amendments to General Prohibition Three (Foreign-Produced Direct Product Rule) and the Entity List interim final rule on public display and effective 5/15/20

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September 9-10, 2020 Louisville, KY

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This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. We will focus on what items and activities are subject to the EAR; how to determine your export control classification number (ECCN); steps to take to determine the export licensing requirements for your item; when you can export or reexport without applying for a license; export clearance procedures; and record keeping requirements.
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The Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS’s) Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE) analyzes the foreign availability of controlled products and technologies. Following the procedures in  Part 768 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), U.S. exporters may submit a claim supported by evidence of foreign availability, which, if assessed and determined positively by the U.S. Department of Commerce, could lead to a revision of existing controls for a commodity or technical data controlled by the EAR. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) may also request that BIS initiate a Foreign Availability Assessment.

OTE conducts Foreign Availability Assessments on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce. The Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended, (EAA), and Part 768 of the EAR authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct Foreign Availability Assessments to examine and evaluate the effectiveness of U.S. Export Controls on certain items that are controlled for national security reasons under the EAR. Foreign availability exists for a national-security controlled item when a non-U.S. origin item of comparable quality is foreign available, and in sufficient quantities, such that the U.S. export controls on that item would be rendered ineffective. To assess comparable quality, OTE would consider the similarity of the non-U.S.-origin items to its U.S.-origin counterparts in function, technical approach, performance thresholds, maintainability, and service life. As part of the assessment process, OTE considers data and recommendations submitted by the Departments of Defense and State and other relevant departments and agencies, TACs, and industry.

The program is designed to involve the business community directly in assessing and maintaining appropriate levels of control to reduce burdens of licensing where export controls have become ineffective due to the foreign availability of specific items.


Q&A Guidance on Foreign Availability Assessments

9/8/2014 - Notice of Initiation of a Foreign Availability Assessment: Anisotropic Plasma Dry Etching Equipment

2/9/2015 - Notice of Foreign Availability Determination: Anisotropic Plasma Dry Etching Equipment










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