In May 2015, the government of the United States of America announced a change in import formalities.



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Inception date: 28 Apr 2014 | Removal date: open ended

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In a final rule published in the Federal Register on May 29, 2015, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) of the U.S. Department of Justice adopted without change an interim final rule that it had previously published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2014, amending the ATF regulations to remove defense articles currently on the U.S. Munitions Import List that ATF has determined no longer warrant import control under the Arms Export Control Act. The final rule took effect June 29, 2015. The interim final rule had been effective April 28, 2014, but written comments were welcome through June 25, 2014.
This action, which is part of the Obama administration's Export Control Reform Initiative, will ease administrative burdens on imports of the following items:

  • Riflescopes manufactured to military specifications and specifically designed or modified components
  • Ammunition belting and linking machines
  • Ammunition manufacturing machines and ammunition loading machines (except handloading ones)
  • Ablative materials fabricated or semi-fabricated from advanced composites (e.g., silica, graphite, carbon, carbon/carbon, and boron filaments) for the articles in this category that are derived directly from or specifically developed or modified for defense articles.

The order also clarifies the coverage of other paragraphs describing items that remain subject to controls.