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DOD Announced New FedEx Shipping Policy


By: Danielle McClellan

DOD has released an update involving FedEx shipping activities for items shipped from Pacific locations to Europe, CENTCOM AOR and intra Pacific. On August 4, 2009 DOD released a statement advising that in addition to an earlier restriction to ship to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, FedEx can now no longer accept shipments containing ITAR controlled items for movement between the following regions:

  • APAC-Middle East
  • Middle East-APAC
  • APAC-Europe
  • Europe-APAC
  • Intra APAC
  • APAC-India
  • India-APAC

The only routing for ITAR controlled shipments is via the FedEx hub in China.

Don’t forget to always check the ITAR prior to booking a shipment to any of the above mentioned countries with FedEx.

More information: Surface Deployment and Distribution Command – August 4, 2009 Advisory

Gonzales and Justice Department Raises Their Export Control Enforcement Profile



The first-ever National Export Control Coordinator for the Department of Justice was appointed last June 20, 2007. Steven W. Pelak, a veteran prosecutor for 18 years, has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel in the National Security Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and, since September 2001, has served as the Anti- Terrorism Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mr. Pelak is detailed to the Counter-espionage Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, wherein he will have some of the following responsibilities:

  • development of comprehensive training materials on export control investigations and prosecutions for federal prosecutors nationwide
  • solicit and receive regular progress reports from U.S. Attorneys’ offices on the development of export control cases
  • coordinate between the Justice Department and the many other U.S. law enforcement, licensing and intelligence agencies that play a role in export enforcement.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales mentioned in his June 11 speech on nuclear terrorism that the Justice Department’s National Security Division where federal prosecutors were provided instruction and guidance on export control cases, with trainers from the Justice Department and the relevant investigative agents on hand providing comprehensive prosecutorial instruction.


Thailand: State Puts a Hold on Issuing Licenses



By: John Black

Unrest in Thailand equals a hold on approvals of applications for exports of defense articles to Thailand.