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Details on Export Licensing Activity Under Government Shutdown

Friday, October 04, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Two federal agencies with oversight of export licensing have posted to their Web sites information on the activities that will and will not be affected by the ongoing federal government shutdown.

The Bureau of Industry and Security states that export license applications, commodity classification requests (CCATS), encryption reviews, encryption registrations and advisory opinion requests are not being accepted and that any that are pending will be held without action. No final determinations will be issued, and the SNAP-R application is not available.

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls will be open for normal operations at least through Oct. 4, and regular DDTC functions such as requests for new or renewing registrations will continue under normal conditions until further notice.

Both agencies are accepting requests for emergency export license processing. The BIS states that requests for such processing for national security reasons may be submitted via email to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Matthew Borman. The subject line of the email should read “Request for Emergency License” and the email must identify the applicant (including point of contact), intermediate and ultimate consignees, and end user(s), items, end use, and national security justification for the emergency processing. Requests for licenses to support military, humanitarian or other emergencies should be emailed to Lisa Aguirre at DDTC. The subject line of this email should read “Request for Emergency License” and the message must include the applicant name and registration code, the end-use/end-user, justification for needing an emergency license, and a point of contact. DDTC will contact the requestor with guidance on how to proceed if the request will be honored.

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