Background

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 4, adds four entities in Israel, Russia, and Singapore to the Entity List. Two Israeli companies are being added for developing and supplying spyware to foreign governments that used it to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers. Companies in Russia and Singapore are being added for trafficking in cyber exploits used to gain access to information systems.

For these entities BIS is imposing a license requirement for exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) of all items subject to the Export Administration Regulations, 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 Nov. 4 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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