Our Export Control Programs Keep you on Track

It is an understatement to say that the United States closely regulates its military-related export industries. Any company that designs, manufactures, or exports defense articles is well-advised to seek legal counsel. Failure to comply with the federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and other government export control laws can expose you to civil and criminal liability.

As part of the bundle of legal services we offer to government contractors, The Martin Law Firm, PLLC develops export control compliance programs for its clients to ensure that they do not inadvertently violate export control laws. Among our services in the arena of export control law and compliance, we provide clients with export compliance manuals that describe U.S. export regulations and educate company personnel on matters of export control compliance.

Export Control Restrictions Based on Product or Destination

Three principal agencies regulate exports from the United States:

  • The U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) administers export control of defense exports.
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) administers export control of so-called "dual-use" technology exports.
  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers exports to embargoed countries and designated entities.

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) contains the United States Munitions List (USML) and lists the commodities and related technical data and defense services that are controlled for export purposes. Companies are strongly advised against attempting to export any item on the USML list without first obtaining legal guidance from a lawyer who is experienced in export controls regulations and law.

Non-Citizen Employees and Compliance with Government Export Control Laws

U.S. export control laws impact people as well as products. Any company that employs non-citizens and that designs or manufactures defense-related or dual-use technologies should seek legal advice about export control laws and compliance.  If a non-citizen gains access to such information, the U.S. government may deem that employee's access to be an export — even though no product has left the country. The company at fault could be fined millions of dollars for violating export control laws.

Prevent Fines and Prosecution for Violations of Export Control Laws

Compliance with ITAR and other export control laws can be complex, but it is essential. We have immediate appointments available to provide answers to questions about your liability and how to develop an effective export control law and compliance program. To schedule a consultation, call The Martin Law Firm in Virginia at 571.446.2373, or contact us online..