Departments of State and Commerce propose to ease U.S. export controls on commercial communications satellites
04 June 2013Export Controls Alert
On 24 May 2013, the Departments of Commerce and State issued important proposed changes to U.S. satellite export controls. These changes are expected to reduce significantly the administrative and licensing burdens associated with the current export control regime. In particular, commercial satellites and related items would be transferred to the Commerce Department’s less restrictive export control regulations and exports to many U.S.-allied countries would be eligible for license exceptions. However, current restrictions on exports and reexports of commercial satellites and related items to arms-embargoed countries, including China, will remain in place. Accordingly, companies need to assess carefully the full effect of these proposed rules on existing and future operations.