ANNOUNCEMENT 26 Aug 2015

In August 2015, the government of the United States of America announced a rule change relating to export registration.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising
Inception date: 25 Sep 2015 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Export licensing requirement

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on August 26, 2015 (Volume 80, Number 165) the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by to remove the requirement that exporters of a wide range of security-related goods (e.g., weapons systems, missiles, dual-use goods, etc.) obtain a Special Comprehensive License (SCL). This change has been made to reflect the belief in BIS that, as a consequence of various other steps taken in the name of export-control reform, the SCL 'has outlived its usefulness to the exporting public.' Recent changes to the EAR already permit exporters to meet the obligations imposed under the SCL regime via individual licenses, thus obviating the need to 'undertak'e' the more onerous SCL application." This rule, which is effective September 25, 2015, thus reduces some of the administrative burdens imposed on exporters.

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