What is ITAR and EAR?

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) are two important United States export control laws that affect the manufacturing, sales and distribution of technology.

This legislation seeks to control access to specific types of technology and the associated data. Its goal is to prevent the disclosure or transfer of sensitive information to a foreign national.

ITAR contains a United States Munitions List (USML) of restricted articles and services. EAR contains a Commerce Control List (CCL) of regulated commercial items, including those items that have both commercial and military applications. Both of these regulations are administered by the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). These regulations do not only apply to the federal prime contractor but may also apply to a subcontractor. There is a formal registration process and there is a registration fee.

Getting Started with Defense Trade is a State Department document addressing the BASICS. The primary website and link to registration is at the DDTC website.
To view a presentation on Export Compliance visit http://www.b2gconnect.com/doclib/08_12_Day%202%20Nate%20Milsap%20Day%202.pdf.