First Changes to the U.S. Export Control System Go Into Effect

On October 15, 2013, the Obama Administration announced the first set of revised export control lists going into effect.

The changes to the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) U.S. Munitions List (USML) affect categories VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles), XVII (Classified Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated), XIX (a new USML category that covers Gas Turbine Engines and Associated Equipment), and XXI (Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated).  

The changes to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Commerce Control List (CCL) create ten new 600-series Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) to provide for items transferred from the USML, which include aircraft, gas turbine engines, related parts, components, accessories, attachments, software and technology.rwise Enumerated), XIX (a new USML category that covers Gas Turbine Engines and Associated Equipment), and XXI (Articles, Technical Data and Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated).

Taken together, the reformed USML and CCL categories account for the largest volume of U.S. export licenses and represent the highest percentage of licensed exports from 43 states, with licensed shipments amounting to almost $21 billion annually. These two categories also account for 75% of the USML export licenses approved solely for parts and components. 

To follow developments in the Export Control Reform Initiative, visit www.export.gov/ecr/.