BIS Seeks Comments on the Proposed Rule to Revise EAR to Make CCL Clearer

On November 29, 2012, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) posted a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would implement changes identified by BIS and the public in response to the proposed rulemaking entitled Commerce Control List: Revising Descriptions of Items and Foreign Availability as part of the President's Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative that was published on December 9, 2010. These changes are expected to make the Commerce Control List (CCL) clearer. 

This proposed rule would implement changes that can be made to the CCL without requiring changes to multilateral export control regime guidelines or lists.  Detailed information on these changes can be found in the Federal Register notice. 

According to the Federal Register notice, for changes that require a decision of a multilateral regime to be implemented, the U.S. Government is developing regime change proposals for consideration by members of those multilateral export control regimes. BIS will implement those changes in separate rulemakings, if approved by the respective multilateral export control regimes. 

Comments to BIS are due on January 28, 2013.