International Traffic in Arms Regulations

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The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

The U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) governs the export of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML) and imposes strict penalties on any exports that do not comply with these rules.

April 11, 2012 – ITAR Freight Forwarder Update: Schenker AG and BAX Global Removed from EPLS

The removal from the EPLS took place after the the companies presented to the Department of the Air Force information to demonstrate the companies’ present responsibility to conduct business as a federal contractor. After consideration of that information the Air Force today determined that suspension or debarment of the companies was no longer necessary. As a result, the proposed and mandatory debarments have been terminated and both entities have been removed from the EPLS. As we previously noted, Schenker Inc. was never included on the EPLS and DDTC had continued to issue licenses including that entity.

Because the Schenker AG entities are no longer considered to be “ineligible” parties under section 120.1(c) of the ITAR, there should be no further need for exporters to submit a “transaction exception” request to DDTC for pending or future ITAR authorizations involving any of the freight forwarders that were added to the EPLS on February 16, 2012:

Source: International Trade Law News

On May 16, 2011, the United States’ (U.S.) Department of State published a new rule, to take effect on August 15, 2011, amending the treatment of dual- and third-country nationals under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The new rule is introducing a new exemption, section 126.18, which now instructs that the transfer of defence articles and services, as well as technical data (within an approved foreign end-user or consignee), including the transfer to its dual- and third-country national employees, is permitted, subject to some conditions.

US Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)

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