On January 3, 2017, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a final rule [Public Notice: 9811] that amends the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to allow businesses to electronically submit the data required to import or export cargo via U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) International Trade Data System (ITDS) as provided by Executive Order 13659 and the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 (SAFE Port Act).

The rule is being issued to conform Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) regulations, which regulate the export and temporary import of defense-related goods and defense services under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and its implementing regulations, the ITAR, to ITDS. Traders will access the ITDS system via an integrated web portal hosted by CBP. In general, references to the Automated Export System (AES) in the ITAR are removed and, in their place, instructions to electronically file information with CBP are added. Users may visit the CBP website for more information on the single portal.

This final rule was effective on December 31, 2016.