The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a proposed rule describing how fire control, range finder, optical and guidance and control equipment that the president determines no longer warrant control under category XII of the U.S. Munitions List would be controlled under the Commerce Control List by (1) creating new export control classification numbers 6A615, 6B615 and 6D615 for military fire control, range finder and optical items, (2) revising ECCN 7A611, and (3) creating new ECCNs 7B611, 7C611 and 7E611 for military optical and guidance items. Concurrently, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has issued a proposed rule that would revise USML category XII to describe more precisely those types of such articles that warrant continuing control on the USML.

For certain night vision items currently subject to the Export Administration Regulations, the BIS rule also proposes to expand the scope of control, eliminate the use of some license exceptions, and create new ECCNs for certain software and technology related to night vision items. This proposal would further expand the scope of end-use restrictions on certain exports and reexports of certain cameras, systems or equipment and expand the scope of military commodities described in ECCN 0A919.

Comments on these proposed rules are due no later than July 6.

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