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New Export License Requirement for Electronic Components Used in Radar Systems

Monday, January 09, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective Jan. 9, imposes a license requirement on exports and reexports to all destinations other than Canada of two types of microwave and millimeter wave electronic components that have uses in military radar systems as well as in civilian radar and telecommunications systems. This requirement, established via new Export Control Classification Number 3A982, applies to packaged high electron mobility transistors and packaged microwave “monolithic integrated circuits” power amplifiers that meet certain criteria with respect to frequency range, size and output power. BIS is also revising license exception STA to preclude its use for any export, reexport or transfer of items in new ECCN 3A982.b.

The U.S. government plans to submit this year a proposal for adding these components to the Dual-Use List of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.

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