Earlier this month, BIS and the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published proposed amendments to shift control of certain articles subject to Category XII of the ITAR to the EAR under new 600 series Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs). Articles impacted include military fire control, range finder, military optical, optical and guidance items. In addition, the BIS rule proposes to increase controls of certain software and technology related to night vision articles, including by eliminating the applicability of some license exceptions and by expanding the scope of restrictions on exports and reexports of certain cameras such as thermal imaging cameras. Both BIS and DDTC have invited comments on the proposed rules, which are part of President Obama’s Export Control Reform Initiative.

For more information, see the BIS and DDTC proposed rules.