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International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR is an important section of regulations under Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations.  ITAR regulations focus on the import and export controls for products and services which are defense related.  These regulations are yet another layer of our nations network dedicated to the protection of US national security and foreign policy. 

Typically, products and services subject to ITAR regulations are military products and services.  However, the line between military products and services and commercial products and services has blurred.  This is true because of the endless list of technologies that began as military and were incorporated into our everyday commercial usage products.  This graying of the lines can make it more difficult to determine applicability.  Items appearing on the USML (U.S. Munitions List) will be subject to ITAR regulations.  Defense services will be subject to ITAR regulations.  Some technical data and software will be subject to ITAR regulations.

When products, services and technical data are subject to ITAR regulations, it is imperative to realize that these items CANNOT be exported in the conventional sense.  Exporters of items subject to ITAR regulations must first register with the U.S. Department of State.  Additionally, an export license MUST be obtained for any items appearing on the USML. 

Note that failure to be in compliance with ITAR regulations can be catastrophic to companies.  The nature of these violations leads to rather extreme penalties at the disposal of the enforcement community.  Criminal violations can lead to 10 years imprisonment and up to $1,000,000.00 per violation.  Because of this, it is extremely important for US companies to understand whether their products, services and technical data/software is subject to ITAR regulations.

JAS Forwarding USA Compliance Team is well versed in ITAR regulations.  Our experience in supporting our own internal vertical JAS GLS (Government Logistics Services) has allowed us to be on the cutting edge of this niche market sector.  Need help?  Contact us today!

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