Background

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective Dec. 17, added 37 entities to the Entity List.

- 12 entities in China that use biotechnology processes to support Chinese military end-uses and end-users, to include purported brain-control weaponry

- 8 entities in China for their support of China’s military modernization

- 5 entities in China for acquiring or attempting to acquire U.S.-origin items in support of military modernization for China’s army

- 3 entities in China for supplying or attempting to supply U.S.-origin items that could provide material support to Iran’s advanced conventional weapons and missile programs

- 4 entities in China, 1 entity in Georgia and Turkey, 1 entity in China and Malaysia, 1 entity in China and Georgia, 1 entity in Georgia, and 1 entity in Turkey that are part of a network used to supply or attempt to supply Iran with U.S.-origin items that would ultimately provide material support to Iran’s defense industries

For these entities BIS is imposing a license requirement for exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) of all items subject to the EAR as well as a license review policy of presumption of denial. In addition, no license exceptions are available for such shipments to these entities.

Shipments of items removed from eligibility for a license exception or for export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) without a license (NLR) as a result of this rule that were en route aboard a carrier to a port of export, reexport, or transfer on Dec. 17 pursuant to actual orders for export, reexport, or transfer to or within a foreign destination may proceed to that destination under the previous eligibility.

For more information on restrictions on exports to persons on the Entity List or other lists, please contact Kristine Pirnia at (202) 730-4964 or via email.

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