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June 2015

Features

Proposed Changes to Night-Vision Rules Still Leave Many Questions
Proposed changes to U.S. Munitions List Category XII (night vision) were supposed to offer industry a "bright line" between military and commercial uses of thermal imaging products, but differences might still be hazy.
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Focus on Enforcement

Chinese National Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Illegal Firearms Exports
A Chinese national who overstayed his B-1 visa was sentenced to three years in prison for exporting firearms, firearms parts, including 22-caliber...
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Freight Forwarder Convicted of Attempting to Illegally Export Firearms to Lebanon
A federal jury convicted the owner of a Maryland freight forwarding business of attempting to export defense articles illegally, specifically...
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Illinois Man Sentenced for Exporting Carbon Fiber to Pakistan Without Licenses
The owner of an Illinois engineering firm was sentenced to 24 months in prison for exporting carbon fiber and microwave laminates to a blocked...
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Mexican National Given 41 Months in Prison for Ex-Im Bank Fraud Scheme
Julian Martin Gaspar Vazquez, owner of a Mexican water treatment company, was sentenced May 22, 2015, in Miami U.S. District Court to 41 months in...
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Mining Firm BHP Billiton Pays $25 Million for Violating FCPA at Beijing Olympics
Australian mining firm BHP Billon (BHPB) agreed May 20, 2015, to pay $25 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges of...
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N.J. Man Pleads Guilty for Scheme to Export Firearms Parts to Philippines
A N.J. man who participated in the illegal export of $200,000 worth of firearms parts to the Philippines pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate...
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Navy Vet Sent to Prison for Attempting to Export USML Night-Vision Devices to Russia
Navy veteran Alexandre Astakhov was sentenced May 7, 2015, in Philadelphia U.S. District Court to 39 months in prison, followed by three years'...
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Russian Pleads Guilty to Unlicensed Microelectronics Exports to Russian Military
One of the 11 Russian and U.S. naturalized citizens who were indicted for the unlicensed export of microelectronic products to Russian military and...
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UAE Resident Sentenced to Time Served for Conspiracy to Export Equipment to Iran
Two weeks after his codefendant was found guilty following a jury trial, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) resident was sentenced just to time served...
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Inside BIS

BIS Officials Acknowledge Political Difficulties of USML Firearms Transfers
Now that proposals to move some products from U.S. Munitions List (USML) Categories I (firearms), II (guns and armament) and III (ammunition) to...
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BIS Warns Exporters of Potential Front Companies Reexporting to Russia
As the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) eased restrictions on telecommunications software to Crimea, it warned companies to practice due...
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Policy Briefs

BIS, OFAC Ease Exports of Free Internet Software, Services to Crimea
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) coordinated efforts May 22, 2015, to allow exports...
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Customs Finally Opens C-TPAT Program to Exporters After Delay
Almost a year after releasing guidance for exporters who want to join its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), Customs and Border...
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Ex-Im Competitiveness Report Cites Growth of "Asian Model" of Trade, Investment Financing
Countries such as China, Japan and Korea have adopted an "Asian model" to financing and managing major foreign projects, which results in their...
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Ex-Im Could Need Short-Term Extension as Charter's End Nears
As the June 30, 2015, deadline looms for the expiration of the Export-Import Bank's charter, congressional sources say they expect the bank to get...
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Obama Officially Drops Cuba from U.S. Terrorism List, Approves Ferry Licenses
With the mandatory 45-day waiting period after notification to Congress having lapsed, Cuba came off the list of state sponsors of terrorism May...
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Senators Introduce Legislation to Lift 40-Year Crude Oil Export Ban
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) have kept their promise to...
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UN Members Failing to Comply with North Korean Sanctions, GAO Reports
Many United Nations (UN) members are not filing required reports on their implementation of multilateral sanctions against North Korea and, in some...
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Regulatory Briefs

Agencies Harmonize Export Destination Control Statements Required in Regulations
As exporters transition products from the jurisdiction of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to the Bureau of Industry and...
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BIS Implements Extensive Wassenaar Changes to Commerce Control List
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented numerous export control list changes May 21, 2015, to put in place revisions that the...
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BIS Implements Wassenaar Restrictions on Exports of Cybersecurity Items
After a few fits and starts, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) May 20, 2015, proposed new restrictions on exports of cybersecurity products...
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Industry Pleased with Aircraft Reforms, But Wants Clarification of New Export Regulations
After a year's experience with export control reforms that revised Category VIII (military aircraft) on the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and...
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State Proposes Clarified ITAR Requirements for Defense Services
State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) proposed changes May 26, 2015, to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to...
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End Notes

END NOTES
FIJI : Citing elections held in that country in September 2014, DDTC has updated ITAR to allow exports of defense articles and services to Fiji....
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