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New BIS Policy Cracks Down on Uncooperative Foreign Governments With Broad Implications for Parties Trading in Goods Subject to EAR

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) is cracking down on foreign governments that prevent the end-use checks the BIS uses to ensure compliance with Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”).

BIS’s mission is broad, explains the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Mathew Axelrod: to “protect sensitive American goods from falling into the wrong hands.”[1] End-use checks are one method used in carrying out this mission, and recent policy updates announced by BIS emphasize the significance of end-use checks and the consequences exporters may face if they are not in timely completed. Read more…