Guns. Exports. Got your attention? This post hails from Global Trade Law Blog.
In our blog shop, most of the news we scan is the nerdy minutia of regulatory nuance. But the other day, we found big news, a real scoop. The ITAR will be rewritten to remove guns and ammunition from its control.
Yes, you read that correctly, a plan has been proposed within the State Department to migrate the first three categories of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the control of the Export Administration Regulations within the coming year. Whether the State Department will go so far as to rename ITAR Part 121 the United States Munitions List (USML), the “United States List” remains to be seen.
The Proposed Changes
The proposed amendment to the ITAR appeared in notes on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) meeting on Friday, September 8. For those of us who don’t live and breathe the ITAR, DTAG is the State Department’s working group that provides the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs with a formal channel to consult the private sector on all things concerning munitions exports.
According to those notes, USML Categories I, II, and III are expected to move from the USML to the EAR’s Commerce Control List (CCL) in 2018. Those categories are as follows:
- Category I – Firearms, Close Assault Weapons and Combat Shotguns;
- Category II – Guns and Armament; and
- Category III – Ammunition/Ordnance
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