International Traffic in Arms Regulations

What is the U.S. Munitions List?

What is the principal U.S. government agency for ITAR licensing?

What are the registration requirements under ITAR?

What is an "empowered official"?

What is "significant military equipment"?

What is "major defense equipment"?

What is "reexport or retransfer" within the meaning of ITAR?

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the U.S. Munitions List?

The US Munitions List is the part of the secondary regulations (the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR) that defines which defence articles and services are subject to licensing.
The list is contained in part 121 of ITAR and is divided into 16 sections.

These sections are:
1. General introduction
2. Interpretations of the US Munitions List and the Missile Technology Control Regime Annex
3. Aircraft and related articles
4. Amphibious and related articles
5. Apparatus and devices under category 4(c)
6 Cartridge and shell casings
7. Chemical agents
8. End-items, components, accessories, attachments, parts, firmware, software and systems
9. Firearms
10. Forgings, castings and machined bodies
11. Military demolition blocks and blasting caps
12. Military explosives and propellants
13. Military fuel thickeners
14. [Reserved]
15. Vessels of war and special naval equipment
16. Missile Technology Control Regime Annex

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What is the principal U.S. government agency for ITAR licensing?

The Office of Defense Trade Controls is the principal U.S. government agency for ITAR licensing. The ODTC may refer the license to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which is part of the Department of Defense for further review.

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What are the registration requirements under ITAR?

Both exporters and manufacturers or providers of defense articles or services (whether exporting or not) need to be registered with the U.S. government under ITAR. This is the requirement even for a company that intends to sell only domestically, or that manufacturers a product sold to distributors within the United States which it believes are then sold only domestically.

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What is an "empowered official"?

An empowered official is authorized by a business enterprise to sign and process license applications on behalf of the company. An empowered official understands the provisions of ITAR. This individual has the authority within his/her company to inquire into any aspect of a proposed export and to verify the legality and accuracy of the information submitted for a transaction. An empowered official also has the authority to refuse to sign any license application without retribution from his/her company. This is important because an empowered official is held liable for any violations of ITAR.

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What is "significant military equipment"?

Significant military equipment means defense articles for which special export controls are warranted because of their capacity for substantial military utility or capability.

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What is "major defense equipment"?

Major defense equipment means any item of significant military equipment on the U.S. Munitions List having a nonrecurring research and development cost of more than $50,000,000 or a total production cost of more than $200,000,000.  These items require Congressional notification.  

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What is "re-export or retransfer" within the meaning of ITAR?

Re-export or retransfer means the transfer of defense articles or defense services to an end use, end user or destination not previously authorized.

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