ANNOUNCEMENT 02 Jan 2014In January 2014, the government of the United States of America announced a general change in export conditions.
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On January 2, 2014 the two agencies principally responsible for administering U.S. export controls published final rules that are intended to facilitate exports of dual-use goods (i.e., those with both military and non-military uses) by reducing the administrative burden on exporters. Both of these reforms are related to the Export Control reform Initiative that the Obama administration launched in 2009. One such final rule (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-02/html/2013-31323.htm) published by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls in the Department of State amends the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to inter alia revise the content of five categories in the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and provide other changes. This rule, which is effective July 1, 2014, aims to create a more positive control list and eliminate, where possible, 'catch all' controls in the USML. The revisions affect USML categories IV (launch vehicles, guided missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, and mines), V (explosives and energetic materials, propellants, incendiary agents, and their constituents), IX (military training equipment), X (personal protective equipment), and XVI (nuclear weapons related articles). In a related final rule (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-02/html/2013-31322.htm) published on the same day, the Bureau of Industry and Security in the Department of Commerce moves to the less restrictive Export Administration Regulations (EAR) certain items that the president has determined no longer warrant control on the USML. These controls affect energetic materials, personal protective equipment, shelters, military training equipment, articles related to launch vehicles, missiles, rockets, and military explosives. This rule is effective July 1, 2014.