Background

As part of an ongoing effort to review rules published as part of the Export Control Reform Initiative, two federal agencies are modifying their regulations on export controls for military aircraft and related items and military gas turbine engines and related items as of Dec. 31.

Effective Oct. 15, 2013, certain military aircraft and gas turbine engines, along with related parts, components, accessories and attachments, materials, software, and technology, were added to ten new 600-series Export Control Classification Numbers on the Commerce Control List. At the same time, the U.S. Munitions List was amended by revising category VIII (aircraft and related articles) and creating category XIX (gas turbine engines and associated equipment) to describe, for the most part, the defense articles in those categories that remained on the USML in positive, objective terms.

The Bureau of Industry and Security is now modifying the CCL entries for these items to add clarifying text to the descriptions of the types of military aircraft controlled on the CCL and to clarify and expand the list of items that are subject only to the anti-terrorism reason for control. Similarly, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls is revising USML categories VIII and XIX to describe more precisely the articles warranting control on the USML.

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