State Seeks Comments on Proposal to Amend ITAR to Implement US-Australia and UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties

On November 22, 2011, the Department of State published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that amends the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to implement the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and Australia and the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition, the proposed rule identifies, via a supplement, the defense articles and defense services that may not be exported pursuant to the Treaties. 

The rule also proposes to amend the section pertaining to the Canadian exemption to reference the new supplement, and, with regard to Congressional certification, the Department of State proposes to add Israel to the list of countries and entities that have a shorter certification time period and a higher dollar value reporting threshold. 
ITAR Parts affected by the proposed rule are 120, 123, 124, 126, 127, and 129. 

Comments on the rule are due on or before December 21, 2011.