The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has published a document containing updated guidance and best practices for freight forwarders and exporters who use freight forwarders to help them ensure compliance with U.S. export controls and regulatory requirements. 

Nothwithstanding a doubled caseload, antiquated systems, and flat budget for the past ten years, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has been keeping pace, Undersecretary for Industry and Security Alan Estevez told a congressional panel Wednesday. "BIS has been asked to do more in an era of strategic competition where economic statecraft is increasingly central to U.S. interests and strategy. We have risen to every challenge that we have been asked to take on."

Under the Competitive Enhancement Needs Assessment Survey Program (The Program), the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE) distributes surveys nationwide to …

The collection is necessary under § 748.11 of the EAR. This section states that the Form BIS-711, Statement by Ultimate Consignee and Purchaser, or a statement on company letterhead (in accordance …

December 29, the Bureau of Industry & Security published a series of updates to the Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) associated with the October 7th, 2022 and October 17, 2023 Semiconductor Rules. The Interim Final Rules (IFRs) amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement more effective export controls on semiconductor manufacturing equipment (SME), advanced computing items, and supercomputers, addressing national security concerns. 

The House Foreign Affairs Committee announced the Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability will convene a hearing entitled, “Reviewing the Bureau of Industry and Security, Part II: U.S. Export Controls in an Era of Strategic Competition” on Tuesday, December 12th.

The Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC) will meet December 12, 2023, 9:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, in the Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 3884, 1401 Constitution …

Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced the imposition of a civil penalty of $44,750 against Forta LLC (Forta), a manufacturer of synthetic reinforcement fibers, located in Grove City, Pennsylvania, to resolve three violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR, 15 C.F.R. parts 730-774) (antiboycott regulations). Forta voluntarily disclosed the conduct to BIS, cooperated with the investigation by BIS’s Office of Antiboycott Compliance (OAC), and took remedial measures after discovering the conduct at issue, all of which resulted in a significant reduction in penalty.

During the December 2022 Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (WA) Plenary meeting, Participating States of the WA  made certain decisions affecting the WA dual-use and munitions control lists, which BIS is now implementing via amendments to the CCL. BIS seeks comments on restricting STA eligibility for countries in EAR Country Group A:5 of certain technology for the development of supersonic aero gas turbine engine components controlled under ECCN 9E003.k, formerly controlled under ECCN 9E001 as part of its ongoing assessment of current export control licensing policy.

Responding to the failure of the Commerce Department's October 7, 2022 rules to halt innovation at China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation Incorporated (SMIC),   House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) have called on the adminstration to "rectify the failures by the Department of Commerce to enforce export controls on advanced semiconductors."

the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 49 entities to the Entity List for providing support to Russia’s military and/or defense industrial base. Forty-two …

October 3, BIS announced four denials of export privileges for parties convicted of unauthorized exports of firearms or ammunition.

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has published new best practice guidance for industry to help prevent items that are considered the most significant to Russian weaponry requirements from being diverted for use in Russia’s war against Ukraine. The. Septermber 28 guidance recommends that exporters and reexporters of these highest priority items seek written assurances of compliance from their customers to help prevent diversion.

The U.S. Department of Commerce today released the final rule implementing the national security guardrails of the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act. The rule elaborates on two core provisions of the statute: the first, prohibiting CHIPS funds recipients from expanding material semiconductor manufacturing capacity in foreign countries of concern for ten years; and the second, restricting recipients from certain joint research or technology licensing efforts with foreign entities of concern.

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released updates to its list of controlled “common high priority” items identified as critical to Russia’s war effort following meetings with key members of the Global Export Control Coalition. In coordination with partners, BIS has added seven new Harmonized System (HS) codes to the list, including bearings needed for heavy vehicles or other machinery and antennae used for navigation systems. Additionally, Tier 3 has been divided into mechanical and non- mechanical items to provide greater clarity.

With this submission, the Census Bureau is requesting continued clearance of the AES program as a result of the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register on August 10, 2023 ( 88 FR 54234 ) …

This information is necessary to support the execution of the President's priorities and allocations authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), as amended, and the priorities authorities under the Selective Service Act of 1948 , delegated to the Secretary of Commerce and implemented by the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) regulation. The purpose of this authority is to ensure preferential acceptance and priority performance of contracts and orders for all materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials, the authority for which has not been delegated to other agencies in support of approved national defense programs.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will hold the 2023 Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy from Tuesday, November 28 through Thursday, November 30 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C. This 36th annual conference will be offered in in-person only, for two and a half days, with an evening reception. Sessions will include keynote speakers, plenaries, breakout sessions, and live Q&A with BIS and other agency experts.

Registration is open for a Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in-person seminar in Southern California.  This is the last BIS Complying with U.S. Export Controls seminar in 2023!  …

Gerry Horner, Chief of the Trade Regulations Branch at the US Census Bureau, gave the committee an update on two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking: the Routed Export Transaction rule, published prior to 2019, and the Country of Origin data element, released in December 2021.

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