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.

December 2018

Features

BIS Opens Door to Controls on Emerging Technology
As promised, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) requested public comments on certain aspects of emerging technologies in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) published Nov. 19, 2018.
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Focus on Enforcement

Houston Drilling Firm Settles SEC Bribery Charges
Vantage Drilling International, a Houston-based offshore drilling company, agreed Nov. 19, 2018, to pay $5 million in disgorgement to settle...
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Iranian Citizen Pleads Guilty to Export Conspiracy
Iranian citizen Arash Sepehri pleaded guilty Nov. 7, 2018, in D.C. U.S. District Court for his role in a conspiracy to export controlled goods and...
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Jury Hands U.S. Citizen Guilty Belt, Suspenders
Two weeks after he pleaded guilty to multiple export charges, a federal jury convicted a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Egypt of conspiring to...
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Second Calif. Resident Sent to Prison in Export Scheme
The second shoe dropped when a Northern California man was sentenced to 108 months in prison and three years' supervised release for his role in a...
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Societe Generale Pays $1.34 Billion to Settle Sanctions Violations
In the second-largest penalty imposed on a financial institution for violating U.S. sanctions, French financial services firm Societe Generale (SG)...
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Two Lebanese Residents Indicted in Export Scheme
Hicham Diab of Tripoli, Lebanon, and Nafez El Mir, a Canadian citizen residing in Lebanon, were indicted Nov. 20, 2018, in Seattle U.S. District...
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Va. Company Settles Charges of Violating Ukraine Sanctions
In a case that would make Google cringe, Cobham Holdings, Inc. (Cobham) of Arlington, Va. agreed Nov. 27, 2018, to pay Treasury's Office of Foreign...
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Va. Executives Indicted on Iran Sanctions Charges
Two brothers and a business partner were indicted on charges of violating Iran sanctions, fraud and money laundering related to a conspiracy to...
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Export Controls

U.S., UK Sign "Novel" Deal Authorizing ITAR Retransfers
In what could signal a template for other trade relationships, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mike Miller and Edward Ferguson, minister...
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Trade Sanctions

Iranian Banks, Aircraft Return to Sanctions List
Six months after the president announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the reimposed sanctions went into...
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Treasury Designates More Russians over Crimea
Despite the president's claim that the annexation of Crimea had nothing to do with his administration, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control...
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Exporting from Europe

To Infinity, and Beyond!
By David Hayes * The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted....
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Policy Briefs

BIS Needs to Balance Trade Enforcement Resources, IG Says
One of Commerce's top management and performance challenges in fiscal year (FY) 2019 is related to trade and enforcement promotion and involves the...
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State Touts Increased Conventional Arms Sales
Write it down, make it happen. Or to quote a classic movie: "If you build it, they will come." State Nov. 8, 2018, highlighted its progress in...
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End Notes

END NOTES
DIGITAL CURRENCY : For first time, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Nov. 28 identified digital currency addresses associated...
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