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New DOC Web Tool Launched to Help Companies Comply with Export Laws

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The U.S. Department of Commerce has launched a new Web tool intended to help U.S. companies easily search the federal government’s Consolidated Screening List, a streamlined collection of nine different screening lists from the DOC and the State and Treasury departments that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other restrictions. The DOC notes that the CSL is also now available through the Trade Developers Portal Application Programming Interface in an open, machine-readable format. The DOC adds that by making the CSL available as an API developers and designers will be able to create new tools, Web sites or mobile apps to access the list and display the results, supporting private sector innovation to help disseminate this critical information in ways most helpful to business users.

The DOC indicates that the CSL search tool and API are deliverables under President Obama’s export control reform initiative. The CSL currently includes more than 8,000 company and individual names and their aliases.

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