On November 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a final rule adding Ethiopia to the Proscribed Country List found in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) in § 126.1 and also updating the existing restrictions on Eritrea.

A policy of denial now applies to licenses (or

On June 17, 2021, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California unsealed an indictment that accuses five defendants of having conspired to unlawfully export thermal imaging riflescopes and night-visions goggles to Russia. All five defendants are charged with conspiring to violate the Arms Export

In an update to our prior post published on March 8, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and State Department published additional actions against Russia in response to the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny on March 18. The new sanctions and export controls are summarized below.

Bureau of Industry and Security

The Secretary of

On March 2, 2021, the Biden Administration announced the intelligence community’s finding that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) used a banned chemical nerve agent to poison Russian opposition leader, Aleksey Navalny.  Shortly following the White House’s press briefing, the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury issued press releases announcing new sanctions and export controls, summarized

The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a Federal Register Notice on December 11, 2020, announcing a “second extension to certain temporary suspensions, modifications, and exceptions to certain provisions of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to provide for continued telework operations during the current SARS-COV2 public health emergency… This

On May 1, 2020, the Department of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a Federal Register notice informing companies of the temporary suspension, modification, and exception to several International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) provisions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DDTC is now requesting comments from the public regarding the temporary changes announced May 1st

On May 11, 2020, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published nine new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on exemptions related to §126.4 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Transfers by or for the United States Government (USG).

In April 2019, DDTC issued the long-awaited final rule to modernize §126.4 exemptions

On May, 6, 2020, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing a temporary reduction in certain International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration fees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • DDTC will temporarily reduce registration fees to $500 for DDTC registrants in Tier I and Tier II

On December 26, 2019, the State Department issued an interim final rule that nearly mirrors the changes adopted by the Commerce Department in 2016. The new ITAR rule will allow for cloud based storage and handling in the U.S. and abroad of appropriately encrypted ITAR controlled software and technical data. It will take effect on