BIS Seeks Comments Regarding Small and Medium Enterprises' Understanding of the EAR

On October 6, 2010, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments regarding small and medium enterprises' understanding of and compliance with export controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Specifically, BIS is seeking comments that identify issues and make recommendations regarding small and medium enterprises' awareness and understanding of the EAR, as well as their experiences complying with the EAR. 

In addition, BIS invites the public to submit comments on the following:

(1) The principal challenges small and medium enterprises face in trying to comply with the EAR, including any challenges that small and medium enterprises uniquely face and approaches to overcoming these challenges;
(2) The value of current BIS outreach, education and counseling to small and medium enterprises in understanding and complying with the EAR;
(3) Ways to improve or expand small and medium enterprises' awareness, knowledge and understanding of the EAR and increase their capacity to comply with them; and
(4) Data, including comparative international data, that support comments and recommendations related to items (1) through (3) above; and that provide examples of effective methods of administering and enforcing export controls with special attention to small and medium enterprises.

Comments are due by December 6, 2010.