Comments from interested parties are now available on the proposed Strategic Trade Authorization License Exception to the EAR. As we reported in December, the rule would add a new license exception to the EAR which would permit exports, reexports and in-country transfers of certain controlled items to NATO countries and other countries that pose low risk of unauthorized use or transshipment. To prevent abuse of this exception, parties using it would be subject to notification, destination control statement and consignee statement requirements. This proposed rule was part of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative. The comments are available at: http://efoia.bis.doc.gov/pubcomm/records-of-comments/record_of_comments_sta.pdf.