The Export Practitioner is the only monthly magazine devoted exclusively to news and analysis of U.S. export controls and trade sanctions.

Since 1987, The Export Practitioner has provided readers with expert reports on changes to U.S. export licensing rules, enforcement policies and regulations for defense and dual-use products and technology.

April 2016

Features

Export Control Reform Sees Slight Bump in Road
Export control skeptics may have been right, as the Bureau of Industry and Security saw a slight uptick in classification requests and interagency disputes in 2015, while average processing time of licenses continued its downward trend.
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Focus on Enforcement

Belgian Company Settles BIS Charges of Exporting to Iran
Chemical Partners Europe S.A. (CPE), a Brussels-based chemical distributor, agreed March 14, 2016, to pay Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)...
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Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Hacking Defense Firms
A Chinese national pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack into computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors, including Boeing, and illegally...
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Exec Pleads Guilty to Bribing Venezuelan Oil Officials
A Venezuelan businessman living in the U.S. pleaded guilty to his role in a billion-dollar bribery case involving Petroleos de Venezuela S.A....
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Former CEO Sentenced to Prison for Microcircuit Exports
The former president and CEO of a company that is the subject of a class action lawsuit by shareholders was sentenced to prison for illegally...
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Miami Exporters Plead Guilty to Defrauding Ex-Im Bank
A Miami-area exporter who was previously sentenced to probation for similar crimes pleaded guilty to a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the...
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OFAC Cites MasterCard for Iran Reporting Failures
Global credit card provider MasterCard received a Finding of Violation from Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) March 16, 2016, for...
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Olympus Subsidiary Pays to Settle FCPA Charges
The Latin American subsidiary of medical equipment distributor Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) agreed March 1, 2016, to pay a $22.8 million...
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Pharmaceutical Firm Settles SEC Bribery Charges
The question soon will be whether there are any pharmaceutical companies that do not bribe health care professionals (HCPs) to sell products,...
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Three Indicted for Blocked Iranian Financial Transactions
A federal indictment was unsealed March 21, 2016, in Manhattan U .S. District Court against an Iranian-Turkish national and two Iranian citizens...
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Turkish-Born U.S. Citizen Arrested for Exporting to Iran
A naturalized U.S. citizen from Turkey has been charged with illegally exporting 1,000 pounds of cobalt-nickel metallic powder to Iran through an...
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Export Controls

BIS Enforcement Policies Need Flexibility, Predictability
The food tasted terrible, and the portions were too small. Under export enforcement penalty guidance that the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)...
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BIS Updates Regulations to Match Changes to MTCR
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has updated its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect changes to Missile Technology Control...
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BIS Urges Caution if Exporting to Iraq, Syria
In case exporters were confused, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) posted guidance on licensing requirements for exports to ISIL: In essence,...
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BIS, State Renew Debate on Harmonized Definitions
As the Obama administration nears the end of what it can accomplish in export control reform, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and State's...
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Census Proposes to Track Exports of Used Electronics
As promised, the Census Bureau issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to add two fields to the Automated Export System (AES): one to track exports...
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DDTC Issues Revised Guidelines for Preparing TAAs, MLAs
State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued final revisions to its "Guidelines for Preparing Agreements," responding to industry...
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Export Agencies Move Forward on Single Application Form
With all the export agencies now looking at license applications on the same back-end platform, officials from Bureau of Industry and Security...
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Industry Still Unclear About Aircraft Rules
While industry still mostly supports the efforts of export control reform, most companies still want their individual products under less strict...
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Trade Groups Urge Next Phase of Export Control Reform
As export control agencies are starting to plan for the end of the Obama administration and must now be realistic about which transition rules can...
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Trade Sanctions

New Sanctions Target North Korean Financial, Mining Sectors
As if an almost complete ban on trade and investment wasn't quite tough enough, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) March 16, 2016,...
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OFAC Adds New Sanctions on Iranian Missile Suppliers
While touting the progress under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Obama administration continued its promise to sanction Iranian...
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President's Cuba Trip Brings New Deals, Eased Travel
In the wake of the Obama administration's new regulatory framework and policy toward Cuba, which allows for U.S. businesses to work directly with...
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U.S., Cuba Agree to Share Agriculture Research Funds
While U.S. manufacturing and service companies highlighted new and proposed deals for business with Cuba, farmers and ranchers had their own...
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Exporting from Europe

Tying up Loose Ends?
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. -- Carl von Clausewitz...
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Policy Briefs

BIS Tries Novel Approach in Suspending ZTE Sanctions
Just two weeks after the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corporation and three affiliates to its...
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End Notes

END NOTES
SDN LIST : OFAC March 8, 2016, added Chemplex Corporation Limited and Zimbabwe Fertiliser Company (ZFC Limited) to Specially Designated Nationals...
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