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The Export Control Reform process that began in 2009 is picking up steam. On Tuesday, April 16, the State Department published a final rule in the Federal Register detailing revisions to U.S. Munitions List (USML) Categories VIII (military aircraft) and XIX (military engines). Also featured was a companion rule from the Commerce Department describing how technologies that came off of these two USML categories would be controlled going forward on the Commerce Control List (CCL), and other details about the “transition.” There will be a 180 day delayed implementation period for these rules, allowing companies time to make necessary adjustments to their export compliance programs. Links to the two final rules can be found at the end of the article.
Other categories that have been previously published as drafts in the Federal Register and reviewed by industry will follow the same notification process. There are a few categories that have not yet come out as drafts; the next revised USML category to come out as a draft rule will be Category XV (space vehicles).
The Export Control Reform initiative is a “win” for both U.S. national security and competiveness in the global marketplace. AIA member companies will be able to take advantage of a more predictable, efficient and transparent export control system to better supply our partners and allies around the world. AIA would like to thank the companies and individuals that have contributed to this exceptional effort. Where the industry is today is the result of years of close coordination among U.S. government, Congress and AIA members. We are looking forward to the continuation of this collaborative partnership.
AIA Source: pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org