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Guidance and Fire Control Equipment Among Items Transferred to Commerce Control List

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule describing how articles that the president has determined no longer warrant control under category XII (fire control, laser, imaging, and guidance equipment) of the U.S. Munitions List will, effective 31 December, be controlled under amended Export Control Classification Number 7A611 and new ECCNs 7B611, 7D611, and 7E611 on the Commerce Control List.

In addition, for certain dual-use infrared detection items, this rule expands controls for certain software and technology, eliminates the use of some licence exceptions, revises licencing policy, and expands licence requirements for certain transactions involving military end-users or foreign military commodities. This rule also harmonises provisions within the EAR by revising controls related to certain quartz rate sensors.

Concurrently, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has issued a final rule that, also as of 31 December, will revise USML category XII to describe more precisely those types of such articles that warrant continuing control on the USML. This rule also (i) amends USML categories VII, XIII, and XV to reflect that items previously described in these categories are now controlled under the revised category XII or the CCL and (ii) revises USML category XI to move items to the CCL as a result of changes to related control in category XII.

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