The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations to eliminate most reporting requirements related to open source encryption software and certain “mass market” encryption items and to revise the Commerce Control List.

Key Notes:

  • BIS issued a final rule eliminating certain reporting requirements

On April 8, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule adding seven Chinese supercomputing entities to the Entity List for “conducting activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” due to their support of China’s military modernization and “other

Note: This previously published client update has been revised to provide links to the official notices published by the Departments of Commerce and State on March 18, 2021.

On March 2, 2021, the Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury imposed sanctions and export restrictions on numerous Russian officials and government entities in response to

On March 2, 2021, the Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury imposed sanctions and export restrictions on numerous Russian officials and government entities in response to the Russian Federation’s imprisonment and alleged previous poisoning of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny. These actions follow similar sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United Kingdom. Dozens

On March 4, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced further export restrictions on Burma initially implemented in February 2021. See Update of February 18, 2021. These actions are in response to the coup in Burma on February 1, 2021, in which the military overthrew the democratically elected civilian

On February 12, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that was implementing restrictions on the export of “sensitive items” to Burma’s Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, armed forces, and security services in response to the Burmese military’s February 1 coup to overthrow the civilian government of

Key Notes:

  • Many countries have taken various health and safety measures to address the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the new COVID-19 variants.
  • Governments continue to support workers and employers affected by the economic instability caused by the pandemic.
  • Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and investments in critical infrastructure are the key issues in government

The Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has announced that it will be adjusting the review policy to ensure U.S. partners receiving such items can employ them in a manner that will “minimize collateral damage and mitigate harm to civilians.”

The announcement notes that the “responsible and effective employment of PGMs requires

On January 15, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued an interim final rule implementing further provisions of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 by: (i) imposing additional export license requirements under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in connection with certain military-intelligence end uses and end users; (ii) clarifying