The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has extended for three years two open general licenses permitting certain reexports and retransfers of defense articles.

OGL No. 1 permits the retransfer of unclassified defense articles to (1) the governments of Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom, (2) members of the Australian and UK communities at all locations in those countries, and (3) Canadian-registered persons. OGL No. 2 permits the reexport of unclassified defense articles between or among the these same entities.

Both licenses are subject to specified requirements, limitations, and provisos; e.g., they may not be utilized by persons to whom a presumption of denial is applied by DDTC for, among other things, past convictions of certain U.S. criminal statutes or because they are otherwise ineligible to contract with or receive an export or import license from an agency of the U.S. government.

These OGLs were schedule to expire July 31, 2023, but their validity period has now been extended for three years. DDTC states that this extension is necessary to allow it to collect sufficient data to consider the usefulness of this OGL pilot program and to allow industry to rely on the OGLs without fear that they could expire more quickly than a traditional license.

DDTC has also made other non-substantive edits to both OGLs to clarify that multiple defense articles need not be reexported or retransferred simultaneously and that the OGLs can be used to reexport or retransfer a single defense article.

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