By: Danielle McClellan
The Department of State issued a final rule amending section 123.9(e) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to allow for NATO and its agencies, the governments of NATO members, and the governments of Australia and Japan to reexport or retransfer US origin components incorporated into a foreign defense article without any prior approval from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. Prior to the revision/clarification, 123.9(e) did not authorize retransfers to agencies of NATO-it only authorized retransfers to the member governments themselves, plus Australia and Japan.
To refresh your memory on the ITAR 123.9(e) NATO+ parts exemption, there are several limits however to what components can be reexported or retransferred. First of all, to qualify for the exemption the US origin components must have been initially authorized for export from the US either through license or an exemption. The following are US origin components that are NOT eligible for the exemption:
- Significant military equipment;
- Major defense equipment sold under a contract in the amount of US $14 million or more;
- Defense articles or defense services sold under a contract in the amount of US $50 million or more;
- Identified as items in the Missile Technology Control Regime of ITAR.
Finally the person reexporting the defense article must provide written notification to DDTC about the retransfer no later than 30 days after the transaction, and the notification must identify the articles reexported and the recipient government or NATO entity. After receiving this documentation the DDTC has the option to place restrictions on the component.
- State Dept. Notices: ITAR Clarified for NATO Re-exports; U.S., Chile to Hold Environment Meeting (WorldTrade Interactive)