BIS Expands Export Controls for Military Items and Removes Civil End User Exception

Posted by Kelsay Calvaruso on 6/11/20 5:00 PM

On April 28, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued two final rules in the Federal Register (FRN) announcing changes in export controls. 

In 85 FR 23470, BIS announced the elimination of the license exception for civil end users (CIV).  A license will be required for national security-controlled items on the Commerce Control List (CCL) to countries of national security concern.  According to the FRN, “This will advance U.S. national security interests by allowing U.S. government review of these transactions to these countries prior to export, reexport or transfer (in-country) in accordance with current licensing policy for national security-controlled items on the CCL.”

The link to 85 FR 23470 can be found here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/28/2020-07240/elimination-of-license-exception-civil-end-users-civ

85 FR 23459 expands the controls of items for military end use or military end users in the People’s Republic of China (China), Russia, or Venezuela. 

Additionally, the rule amends the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing requirements to require an EEI to be filed “for all exports of items on the Commerce Control List to the People’s Republic of China, Russia, or Venezuela, regardless of value” unless certain exemption criteria are met.

The link to 85 FR 23459 can be found here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/28/2020-07241/expansion-of-export-reexport-and-transfer-in-country-controls-for-military-end-use-or-military-end

The changes announced in both FRNs become effective on June 29, 2020.

Topics: BIS, Export, License

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