By: John Black
Last month Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DTC) published a notice on its web site requiring electronic filing of Shipper’s Export Declarations (SEDs) using the electronic AES system for all items controlled by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). On October 27, 2003, DTC amended the ITAR to officially require the same. The new ITAR requires that you electronically report all ITAR exports to the US Government, except for exports of technical data under exemptions (not including the exemption for agreement). Generally speaking, for hardware exports you report electronically using AES and for technical data exports you report directly to DTC.
Note to Companies outside of the United States: If you are transferring items between non-US locations, no AES or ITAR reporting is required but you may want to share the information below with the US-based business who export to you to help them get their exports to you cleared properly.
The primary ITAR revisions come in the new ITAR section 123.22 – Filing, retention, and return of export licenses and filing of export information. ITAR 123.22 requires electronic export reporting for all ITAR exports, either via AES for hardware or via a new system for direct reporting to DTC (the latter system currently is a paper reporting system). These are the new ITAR 123.22 procedures for exports.