BIS Approves Additional VEU

On April 29, 2009, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule in the Federal Register, which adds a name to the list of end-users for the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC) approved to receive exports, reexports, and transfers of certain items under the authorization Validated End-User (VEU). The rule also amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to add and revise eligible items and destinations for existing VEU authorizations.

The VEU authorization is a mechanism to facilitate increased high-technology exports to companies in the PRC and India that have a record of using such items responsibly. VEUs may obtain eligible items on the Commerce Control List (CCL) without having to wait for their suppliers to obtain export licenses from BIS. In addition to U.S. exporters, VEU authorization may be used by foreign reexporters, and does not have an expiration date.

The final rule amends Supplement No. 7 to Part 748 of the EAR to identify an additional company with eligible facilities in the PRC as a VEU and to identify the items that may be exported, reexported, or transferred under Authorization VEU. The new entry is for Aviza Technology China and lists Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) 2B230, 3B001.c.1.a. and 3B001.e.