6 Things You Should Know About ITAR
What is ITAR?
No, it is not the latest Apple device designed to remove several hundred dollars from your pocket. Nor does it have anything to do with that horrible dark, thick, flammable liquid used to make roads. ITAR stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulation. It is a set of U.S. government regulations that control the import and export of defense-related goods and services.
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What does the ITAR regulate?
The goal of ITAR is to prevent the disclosure or transfer of sensitive information to foreign nations and citizens. It does this by controlling access to specific technologies, as well as regulating the import and export of any items and services on the United States Munitions List. The USML is a list of articles, services, and technologies designated as defense and space related by the U.S. federal government.
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Who enforces the ITAR?
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) under the jurisdiction of the Department of State, interprets and enforces the rules and conditions set down in the ITAR. It’s goal is to protect U.S. national security, and advance U.S. foreign policy objectives.
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