Changes to Munitions List, Commerce Control List go into effect in October, and more change is in the works — are you ready?

The Department of State and the Department of Commerce have issued final rules detailing changes to the classification of certain aircraft and gas turbine engines under Categories VIII and XIX, respectively, of the US Munitions List (USML). The rules go into effect on 15 October 2013.

The changes will modify the export requirements of certain aircraft, aircraft-related articles and gas turbine engines by transferring them from the USML to the Commerce Control List (CCL).

These final rules are only a small component of a broader export control reform (ECR) initiative undertaken by the Obama administration to improve national security and to facilitate ‘transparency and coherence to a field of regulation that has long been lacking both’. To this end, the departments of state and commerce have attempted to make the USML and CCL control lists more positive. Since these final rules will take effect in less than four months, and will greatly affect the export requirements of aircraft, aircraft-related components and gas turbine engines currently restricted under the USML, companies are well advised to survey their export compliance programmes now…

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