What Are International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)?
ITAR compliance means that your company is well aware of the various requirements set forth in International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Companies in the import export business, including manufacturers, companies involved with technical data and the like must have an internal methodology of showing how they are maintaining ITAR compliance rules.
Is Your Company Subject to ITAR Regulations?
If your company manufactures, exports products subject to the United States Munitions List (USML), you are required to comply with the Export Administration Regulations. The USML regulates military goods and services that related to space technology, space exploration and the like.
If your company conducts operations that involve data that can be transferred outside the United States, then you are more than likely required to be ITAR Compliant.
Steps to Becoming ITAR Compliant
ITAR certification and compliance requirements include:
- ITAR Registration with the United States Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
- Making sure that you designate an ITAR official who makes sue that all internal staff (executives, employees , and stake holders follow ITAR compliance rules
- Develop internal policies and procedures – this can be a helpful tool if you are subjected to any type of investigation or adverse government action.
- Make sure you apply for all relevant ITAR licenses.
Do You Know What You Are Exporting? One of the problems where import export companies get into trouble is not knowing what is going on under their watch. Companies should always know what they are actually exporting, including subcomponents and items under the control of subcontractors.
You can refer to the U.S. Munitions List for help or engage with an ITAR consultant that can point you in the right direction.
Are You Compliant With Export Administration Regulations? When you export sensitive equipment or any type of software and technology related items, you can be sure that you are under the watchful eye of the United States Government. The Export Administration Regulations are the source for all compliance and necessary information to stay out of trouble.
Export Administrative Regulations are in place to protect our national security and foreign policy initiatives.
Penalties and fines associated with export administrative regulations can be very severe. Getting your company EAR compliant can reduce the chances of your company getting fined.
For help meeting your ITAR compliance needs and getting up to speed with Export Administration Regulations, call Watson & Associates, LLC consultants, and lawyers at 1-866-601-5518.