On October 12, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket No. 140221170-6403-03] that describes how articles the President determines no longer warrant control under Category XII (Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance Equipment) of the United States Munitions List (USML) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) will be controlled under the Commerce Control List (CCL) of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by amending Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 7A611 and creating new “600 series” ECCNs 7B611, 7D611, and 7E611. In addition, for certain dual-use infrared detection items, this final rule expands controls for certain software and technology, eliminates the use of some license exceptions, revises licensing policy, and expands license requirements for certain transactions involving military end users or foreign military commodities. This final rule also harmonizes provisions within the EAR by revising controls related to certain quartz rate sensors.

On the same date, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a final rule [Public Notice: 9605] amending the ITAR by revising Category XII (fire control, laser, imaging, and guidance equipment) of the USML to remove certain items from control on the USML and to describe more precisely the articles continuing to warrant control on the USML. State also amended USML Categories VIII, XIII, and XV to reflect that items previously described in those Categories are now controlled under the revised Category XII or Commerce’s CCL. Further, State revised USML Category XI to move items to the CCL as a result of changes to related control in USML Category XII.

Both final rules are effective December 31, 2016.