Changes to ITAR compliance coming

In October, there will be two new rules affecting the Export Control Reform made by the Departments of State and Commerce. On October 15, jurisdiction of many military items, which have been deemed less sensitive, will be moved from the U.S. Munitions List and governed by the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), to be on the Commerce Control List that is governed by the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The 600 Series classification provisions will allow this to happen, as it will mandate sweeping changes to the affected items, such as a “catch-and-release” definition of items that are controlled for defense and trade purposes.

“While there is still more work to be done, taken together, these reforms will focus our resources on the threats that matter most, and help us work more effectively with our allies in the field,” President Obama said at the┬áDepartment of Commerce Annual Export Controls Update Conference. “They’ll bring transparency and coherence to a field of regulation which has long been lacking both.”

The Export Control Reform is looking to reduce restrictions on exports such as certain vehicles and aircrafts. The new rules will also maintain controls through licensing and classification requirements. Military items will be differentiated from those that require more flexible controls, and officials hope this will encourage more exporting to allies of the United States.

Understanding this new landscape and these new rules will be important for all companies that deal in this industry, especially those who follow ITAR and EAR compliance rules.

How TITUS can help
TITUS can help organizations with their ITAR and EAR compliance requirements. Technical data which falls under EAR or ITAR may include manuals, instructions, photographs or other documents, much of which ends up as unstructured data. TITUS solutions enable organizations to identify and protect this technical data, thereby strengthening compliance programs.

By adopting TITUS solutions to help with ITAR and EAR compliance, organizations can:

  • more easily identify and classify technical data, making users an important part of the process
  • raise awareness of new ITAR and EAR rules to help clarify any issues organizations may have
  • remind users to change the jurisdiction from ITAR to EAR (where appropriate) when opening legacy documents
  • apply metadata to ensure protection
  • educate users and enforce export control policies to help prevent common compliance violations

If you are interested in learning more, I will be speaking at the Global Export Controls Summit which is being held October 14 and 15 in Washington, DC.

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