Pessimism Greets Attempts At U.S. Export Regulation Reform

By Frank Morring, Jr., Amy Svitak
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

The U.S. aerospace industry hopes the changes will make it easier to understand where a particular piece of hardware falls—a “bright line” between the munitions list and Commerce controls. Plans call for a 180-day transition period once the new rules are final to give industry time to understand them and adapt compliance systems to meet them.

“What the U.S. government is doing is they're itemizing the U.S. Munitions List now, so there's no longer going to be this kind of nebulous gray line about when you cross over from the military to the dual use,” says Remy Nathan, vice president, international affairs, at the Aerospace Industries Association. “It will be on the U.S. Munitions List, specified this stuff's military, and on the other side, specified, this stuff is dual use.”

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