With the increase in foreign trades, export reform remains an essential element for the economic success of the United States. Compliance with ever-evolving export regulations will be essential if US companies want to compete in the global market place. Understanding regulatory updates within ITAR, including product classification, brokering definitions, license exemptions and electronic data transfers will be necessary for improving operation efficiency and maintaining business opportunities.
marcus evans had the privilege to hear from Bob Schuettler before the upcoming 3rd Annual Advanced ITAR Compliance Conference. Below he shares with us his perspective on key issues facing the approval process when completing an ITAR license application, as well as challenges in export controls and implementing ITAR into internal policies within the organization.
Bob Schuettler joined Alliant Techsystems, Inc. in March 2011 as Director, Corporate Export Licensing. In this role, he is responsible for representing ATK's interests in effecting changes to export/import laws and regulations; engaging the USG and industry associations on behalf of ATK; formulating export/import reports to the USG; maintaining the corporations export/import registrations; and providing training, guidance and instruction to employees on licensing matters.
What recent changes to export controls have created the biggest challenge for you and are there any changes on the horizon that you would like to know more about?
Bob Schuettler: Based on recent changes to the regulations, the biggest challenge involves Dual/Third Country National employees of foreign parties. The changes to the ITAR can be of great benefit, but the challenge is in two areas: 1) ensuring foreign parties understand their options and the requirements, and then conveying the information back to the US Party; and 2) including the correct language in the Part 124 Agreement.
Professionals are eager to learn more about the proposed changes to the ITAR regarding Brokers and Brokering Activities. The DDTC has taken several attempts at changing ITAR Part 129 but all have left industry discouraged and concerned with the direction the Directorate is heading.
What are the biggest challenges that professionals face with licenses and exemptions? How do you tackle these challenges?
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