Commerce Department implements new License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization permitting unlicensed exports, reexports, and in-country transfers to certain destinations

On 16 June 2011 the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule implementing a new License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization (License Exception STA) under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The final rule relaxes licensing requirements for the export, reexport, and in-country transfer of specified items to destinations that pose a relatively low risk of unauthorized end-uses, if the conditions of the license exception are met. The new license exception was created in order to partially implement President Obama's August 2009 directive to reform the U.S. export control system.

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