Bureau of Industry and Security

Last fall, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) paused its issuance of new export licenses involving certain firearms, related “parts,” “components,” and ammunition. On April 30, BIS will publish an interim final rule tightening controls of exports of these items. The interim final rule will take effect on May 30.

The interim final rule

To expand the reach of U.S. sanctions, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) on March 21 to require a license for the export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) of all items “subject to the EAR” when a party to the transaction is blocked under one of 14 U.S. sanctions

As a follow-on to last week’s quint-seal guidance, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published best practice guidance to help prevent high-priority items from being diverted to Russia. The latest guidance focuses on exports of the following high-priority items to counterparties in countries outside the Global Export Controls Coalition (GECC):[1]

HS Code

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has clarified two enforcement policies in an attempt to incentivize voluntary self-disclosures and disclosures about others’ possible violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

In our recent post, we consider the implications of this latest development.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Commerce announced the creation of a joint Disruptive Technology Strike Force on February 16, 2023. The strike force will be co-led by the assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division and the assistant secretary for export enforcement at the Bureau of Industry and Security.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has implemented new, unilateral export controls to restrict China’s ability to manufacture advanced semiconductors, obtain high-performance chips, and develop and maintain supercomputers.
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) continues their campaign to increase corporate accountability and transparency measures and incentivize companies to invest in compliance programs by announcing four significant policy changes to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). As our U.S. trade team outlines in their latest alert, these new policies, which

Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Matthew S. Axelrod, has previewed some of the ways the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will change its approach to enforcing export control and antiboycott laws. BIS’s proposed changes in policy seek to further increase transparency, strengthen compliance, and incentivize deterrence.

BIS’s approach echoes similar