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Export Licence Requirement Imposed on Targets for Production of Tritium

The DOC’s Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule imposing a licence requirement on exports and re-exports of the following items.

  • specified target assemblies and components for the production of tritium (under new Export Control Classification Number 1A231) if they are either (i) target assemblies made of or containing lithium enriched in the lithium-6 isotope specially designed for the production of tritium through irradiation, including insertion in a nuclear reactor; or (ii) components specially designed for the target assemblies specified in item paragraph a. of new ECCN 1A231
  • related production technology for items controlled under new ECCN 1A231 under ECCNs 1E001 and 1E201

These items are controlled for nuclear non-proliferation Column 1 and anti-terrorism Column 1 reasons. They were previously controlled under ECCNs 0A521 and 0E521 for regional stability Column 1 reasons to all destinations except Canada. A case-by-case review policy applied to licence applications, and the only licence exception available was GOV.

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