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What Happens if You’re ITAR Non-Compliant?

Organizations that are involved in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of services or products within the United States defense articles, defense services, or related technical data must abide by the regulations set forth by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). ITAR compliance is essential to ensure that these organizations adhere to applicable laws and regulations.

What are the potential penalties for ITAR non-compliance?

Violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) can have severe consequences, both financially and in terms of national security. Civil penalties may include fines up to $1 million and/or imprisonment for up to 20 years. In order to ensure compliance with the AECA, the United States Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DTCC) is tasked with handling registration process. U.S. persons, such as corporations, business associations and other entities incorporated in the United States must obtain a DDTC license and pay the related fees prior to engaging in manufacturing, exporting or brokering activities involving U.S or foreign defense articles or services.

Why is ITAR registration important?

Registration with the United States Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DTCC) is vital for U.S. persons seeking to engage in defense trade. This registration is used to ensure that the applicant is eligible and not subject to any restrictions or sanctions. It also requires applicants to certify that the corporate officers are permitted under the regulations to participate in the export activities. That being said, parties who have been indicted or convicted of violating the AECA or other U.S. laws are prohibited from participating in defense trade and may be officially debarred from doing so.

21 Categories of Defense Articles Within the USML

The United States Munitions List (USML) is a list of articles, services, and related technology designated as defense and space-related by the United States federal government.

  1. Firearms, Close Assault Weapons & Combat Shotguns
  2. Guns & Armament
  3. Ammunition/Ordinance
  4. Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs & Mines
  5. Explosives & Energetic Materials, Propellants, Incendiary Agents & Their Constituents
  6. Surface Vessels of War & Special Naval Equipment
  7. Ground Vehicles
  8. Aircraft & Related Articles
  9. Military Training Equipment & Training
  10. Personal Protective Equipment
  11. Military Electronics
  12. Fire Control, Laser, Imaging & Guidance Equipment
  13. Materials & Miscellaneous Articles
  14. Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents & Associated Equipment
  15. Spacecraft & Related Articles
  16. Nuclear Weapons Related Articles
  17. Classified Articles, Technical Data & Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated
  18. Directed Energy Weapons
  19. Gas Turbine Engines & Associated Equipment
  20. Submersible Vessels & Related Articles
  21. Articles, Technical Data & Defense Services Not Otherwise Enumerated

ITAR Compliant Waste Destruction

A critical part of managing the destruction of ITAR manufacturing waste is having a plan in place to protect confidential product information. This plan must meet the requirements set forth by ITAR, EAR and other applicable export control laws in order to ensure compliance. Hazmat,. Inc. clients can rest assured that their proprietary information will remain confidential and only shared on a need-to-know basis with authorized personnel.  Request a free ITAR comlpliant product destruction quote.