On November 14, 2013, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) started reviewing newly submitted commodity jurisdiction (CJ) requests involving items within the U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category VI (Surface Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment), Category VII (Ground Vehicles), Category XIII (Materials and Miscellaneous Articles) and Category XX (Submersible Vessels and Related Articles) controls pursuant to the rule revising these categories. This change is necessitated due to current processing times for CJs (approximately 60 days), as the final determinations for CJs submitted after November 14 will not be issued until after the effective date (January 6, 2014) for the above referenced rule. This change does not affect those requests that have already been submitted and are under review.
DDTC advises that exporters and manufacturers should continue using the current control criteria on the USML until the new control criteria take effect on January 6, 2014. The Department of State will implement similar policies for CJ requests for other USML categories under revision pursuant to Export Control Reform 60 days prior to their effective dates.