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The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has issued a series of updates to the Commerce Control List (CCL), which governs export licensing. The move is "part of a systematic effort to update and refine the U.S. dual-use export control system," BIS said. The CCL helps to determine which U.S. goods and services require a Commerce Department license for overseas shipment. Published in a Federal Register notice, the changes constitute the first round of improvements stemming from a recent in-depth review by BIS. Under Secretary of Commerce Mario Mancuso said the updates "will ensure that our controls help enhance short-term and long-term national security and economic competitiveness." They consist of a series of technical corrections and clarifications to the Export Administration Regulations. BIS said it plans to review one third of the CCL each year. It will emphasize the overall structure of the list, types of items that should be on it, particular industry sectors, updates on item descriptions, and the coordination of items with multilateral regimes. BIS is responsible for overseeing exports and re-exports of commodities, technology and software that have both commercial and military or national-security applications. Violators are subject to criminal, civil and administrative sanctions.
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