The Export Practitioner
Volume 35, Number 9

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

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Firearms Trade Adapts to Pandemic, Regulatory Changes

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When the rule transferring guns and ammunition from State to Commerce jurisdiction went into effect in March 2020, exporters and regulators only had a hint how a pandemic would change the way they do business.
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Bank Settles OFAC Charges of Violating Sudan Sanctions

London-based Bank of China (BOC UK) Limited agreed Aug. 26, 2021, to pay Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) a $2,329,991 civil penalty to settle charges of violating the now-repealed Sudan sanctions. Between September 2014 and February 2016, BOC UK processed 111 commercial...

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Calif. Manufacturer Settles BIS Charges of Illegal Exports

A Santa Rosa, Calif., supplier agreed Aug. 16, 2021, to pay the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) a $469,060 civil penalty to settle a charge of exporting semiconductor manufacturing equipment to two blocked Chinese entities. Dynatex International exported a DTX-150 MDB scribe and break...

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Keysight Technologies Settles DDTC Export Charges

In a case that highlights the importance of correct product classification, Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa, Calif., agreed Aug. 9, 2021, to pay $6.6 million to settle charges of violating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The company exported its Signal Studio for...

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Maryland Man Pleads Guilty in Nigerian Export Scheme

A Maryland resident pleaded guilty Aug. 27, 2021, in Baltimore U.S. District Court on charges of exporting firearms and ammunition, including 38 semi-automatic firearms; over 35,000 rounds of ammunition; 44 magazines, a Bushnell Trophy Rifle Optic and a Burris AR Rifle Scope, to Nigeria in...

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Miami Resident Indicted on Foreign Bribery Charges

A Syrian national, who is a U.S. lawful permanent resident, was indicted Aug. 4, 2021, in Miami U.S. District Court on charges of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and money laundering. Miami resident Naman Wakil allegedly bribed Venezuelan officials to obtain at...

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Romanian Bank, U.S. Parent Settle OFAC Sanctions Charges

In a case that highlights the need to monitor newly acquired subsidiaries for compliance, Romanian financial institution First Bank SA and its U.S. parent JC Flowers & Co. agreed Aug. 27, 2021, to pay Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) a $862,318 civil penalty to settle...

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ITAR Restructuring Rule Will Soon See Light of Day

Many in the export community might put the long-discussed rules to reorganize the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) in the same category as the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot. The truth is out there, as the first of those rules is at the Federal Register, officials from State's...

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Administration Adds Sanctions over Russian Pipeline, Poisoning

It was a quiet Friday afternoon in August when the administration announced new sanctions against Russia for crimes related to the Nord Stream 2 energy pipeline and the poisoning of opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. The new sanctions announced Aug. 20, 2021, include import and export...

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OFAC Targets Belarus State-Owned Industries

A year after an election in Belarus widely considered fraudulent, the Biden administration Aug. 9, 2021, imposed further sanctions on the country, citing the "continuing violent crackdown on peaceful protests" and the takedown of a European flight. For its part, Treasury's Office of Foreign...

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BIS, OFAC Rules Allow Cuban Internet Access

Although the Cuban embargo is still in effect, the Cuban people will still be able to access the wide and interesting variety of information on the internet, for better or for worse, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) emphasized in a...

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Ex-Im Bank Could Back More Dual-Use Transactions

After several years of monitoring just a few dual-use export transactions, a full Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank board could see an increase in demand. In its annual report on the bank's monitoring of one dual-use transaction published Sept. 1, 2021, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted...

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Justice Official Tapped to Head BIS Export Enforcement

President Biden put a name in the last remaining vacant slot in Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) leadership. Biden intends to nominate former Justice official Matthew Axelrod to be assistant secretary for export enforcement, the White House announced Aug. 18, 2021. In July, Biden...

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Lawmakers Renew Calls to Block TikTok After Report

Citing news reports that China took an ownership stake and a board seat in a key subsidiary of TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) repeated his calls for the administration to ban the two companies from U.S. networks. "The Biden administration can no longer pretend...

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U.S., Canada Denounce Tit-for-Tat in Huawei Case

The U.S. has joined Canada in calling for the immediate and unconditional release of two Canadians, businessman Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who many believe were arrested in response to Canada's role in the U.S. case against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Spavor was...

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AFGHANISTAN : BIS has suspended all licenses for exports to Afghan government and is continuing to monitor situation, agency officials told BIS Update conference Sept. 2, 2021… In parallel, DDTC is reviewing all export licenses to country's government, agency announced Aug. 18. "In light of...

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