The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) posted public comments in response to: (1) the proposed rule regarding Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) license exception, and (2) the proposed rule regarding revising descriptions of items and foreign availability.
BIS issued the proposed rule on the Strategic Trade Authorization license exception on December 9, 2010. It adds a new license exception to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The exception allows exports, reexports and transfer (in-country) of specified items to destinations that pose little risk of unauthorized use of those items. To prevent diversion to unauthorized destinations, transactions under this license exception would be subject to notification, destination control statement and consignee statement requirements.
With regard to amending the EAR, BIS sought public comments on how descriptions of items controlled on the Commerce Control List (CCL) of the EAR could be more clear and positive and "tiered" in a manner consistent with the control criteria the Administration has developed as part of the export control reform effort.