Export Controls & Sanctions

The U.S. government strongly encourages export activities of U.S. industries as a critical component of U.S. economic growth. However, the U.S. government also maintains a complex export control protocol based on various laws and regulations as well as an active sanctions mechanism on specific countries, companies and individuals driven by U.S. national security interests, nonproliferation agenda and foreign policy objectives.  Understanding and complying with U.S. export controls and sanctions are constant challenges for U.S. companies, foreign investors and trading partners.

In this area, ITTA assists clients with:

  • Analyses of U.S. export control laws and regulations on both defense articles (e.g. munitions) and dual use items and their licensing, which include the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), from both procedural and technology-specific perspectives.
  • Understanding the licensing processes of key export control agencies such as the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) at the Department of State and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce.
  • Navigating U.S.-deemed export and technology transfer controls.
  • Monitoring ongoing reform efforts in the U.S. export control regime impacting a wide range of U.S. high-technology industries (e.g. defense, aerospace, space and satellite, materials).
  • Tracking U.S. sanctions as implemented by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the Department of Treasury through mechanisms such as the Specially Designated National List and various country-specific programs (e.g. U.S. sanctions on Iran, Cuba, etc.).
  • Assessing changes in U.S. export control and sanctions policy as developed by the Administration and/or initiated by the U.S. Congress.