The U.S. Government has announced significant alterations to the export control guidelines for equipment, parts, components, software, related technology and services used in spacecraft and satellites. These adjustments come as a direct result of a change in jurisdiction from the Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
The long-term goal of this shift is to reduce export compliance obligations, but the burden will fall on manufacturers and exporters up-front since they will be the ones re-evaluating the product classifications. Most of the changes will be implemented on November 10th of this year, but some will take place as early as June 27th. Although the long-term results will reduce U.S. government export controls with these kinds of goods, the short-term implications will include some significant constraints.