On January 13, 2009, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced the full implementation of the Validated End-User (VEU) program for the People's Republic of China. The VEU program, which allows certain exports from the U.S. to "validated end users" in China to be exported without individual export licenses.
The VEU program has been under fire from groups such as theWisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Controls. However, BIS has announced that it has reached agreement with the government of China to allow on-site visits by BIS officials of VEUs in China.
BIS issued the following press release:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced the full implementation of the Validated End-User (VEU) program for the People's Republic of China. With agreement on procedures to ensure the program's secure and efficient operation, civilian U.S.-China high-technology trade will benefit from the continued export of certain products to VEU-approved companies without individual licenses. The VEU program facilitates civilian trade by reducing administrative and logistical hurdles for certain exports to pre-screened companies in China.
"We are pleased to have reached this milestone agreement with China, one of our nation's most important trading partners," Under Secretary of Commerce Mario Mancuso said. "This agreement will maximize the security and trade-enhancing benefits of the VEU program, and continue a promising chapter in civilian U.S.-China high technology trade. U.S. exporters now have a more streamlined way to export to companies in China who have a record of using U.S. technology responsibly."
Established in 2007, the VEU program uses a market-based approach to facilitate civilian high-technology trade with China. The program permits civilian companies in China, who pass a rigorous national security review and agree to strict follow-on compliance obligations, to receive under a VEU-specific authorization the same U.S.-controlled items they could previously receive under individual Commerce Department licenses.