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Navigating the Special U.S.-U.K. Trade Relationship

The United Kingdom has historically been one of the United States’ best trading partners, which provides unique opportunities for exporters. The 2007 Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty between the United States and United Kingdom created a highly unusual exemption from the required export licenses on certain defense-related items subject to the ITAR. But as with many export issues, exploiting these opportunities requires technical expertise and care.

NLR Authorization and Exporting Without a License

From the exporter’s point of view, No License Required (NLR) is the easiest and most common form of export authorization. There are no hoops to jump through, notifications to provide or exceptional record-keeping requirements. To determine if an item is eligible for export under NLR, you need two pieces of information: the item classification, and its destination. 

Key Components of an Export Compliance Program

At many companies, export compliance is a part-time job. But it can grow out of control quickly if it’s not managed under the structure of an export compliance program. If you’re exporting at any level of scale, particularly involving more sensitive items or destinations, you’re unlikely to be successful at compliance for very long without an effective export compliance program.

6 Common Errors in Applying the EAR99 Classification

EAR99 should be the last stop in the journey to analyze an item’s export classification; applying it too quickly is often the sign of an inadequate process and opens the company to risk of investigation for export violations. Here are the most common errors we see in the classification of items as EAR99.

Subject to the EAR – What It Means and How to Approach It

The phrase “subject to the EAR” is so ubiquitous to exporters that its meaning sometimes gets lost – especially in organizations where export compliance is a part-time role. Here’s an overview of what “subject to the EAR” means, and why the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) apply to the vast majority of exports from the U.S. – as well as to many transactions outside the U.S. 

Hong Kong and Taiwan are on Diverging Paths as U.S. Export Markets

As export markets for U.S. businesses, Hong Kong and Taiwan share enough similarities that they’ve often been considered together in discussions about trade with the Pacific Rim. But due to changing U.S.-China relations, these significant trading partners are headed in opposite directions, which is likely to require an ongoing evolution by people who manage export business.