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Great ITAR Training

Updated: Jun 20, 2019

It was great to see several Maine companies at the "International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Training" last week who learned about the compliance requirements for exporting defense articles, services, and related technical data. Mike Allocca from Allocca Enterprises led the informative and insightful training and answered questions from companies about defense trade and compliance issues. Thanks to all who attended this great event and to the University of Southern Maine for hosting us.

Some important take-aways from the training are:

1. Companies should always be aware of when they are dealing with a foreign person, especially if their products are defense articles, services, or technical data, because ITAR regulates what can and cannot be distributed to a foreign person.

According to ITAR 120.16, a foreign person is anyone who is not a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. Therefore, this includes:

  • any individual who is not a U.S. citizen; or

  • any individual who is not a US permanent resident alien ("green card" holder); or

  • any individual who is not a protected individual (e.g., refugees, or have political asylum);

  • any foreign corporation/business/organization/group not incorporated or organized under U.S. law;

  • foreign government and any agency or subdivision of foreign governments (e.g. diplomatic missions).

2. An export of sensitive defense articles, services, and related technical data can occur on regular business travel abroad, through emails and phone conversations, or during site and facility tours. For national security reasons, it’s important to make sure you all always complying with ITAR and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

3. Companies and individuals can use the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to determine whether their products or services are regulated under ITAR and the DDTC. If it’s not on the USML, it is not regulated under ITAR. However, it may still require a special export license based on what country it’s going to, or who the end-user is.

The next MITC Global U training event is a webinar being held on November 15 and will cover International Marketing and Global Social Media. Once companies figure out how to navigate the rules and regulations of international trade, they must work to build their brand abroad, optimize their marketing budgets, and establish their presence on foreign social media platforms.

To register for this event, or for more information, please visit our MITC Global U Training page.

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