Today, it is important to insure that your supply chain is in line with all the appropriate restrictions relating to ITAR materials. Careful selection of suppliers who are ITAR compliant can help you to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The ITAR regulations impact a wide range functions and processes within an organization. If there is confusion when it comes to ITAR, it can potentially result in enormous penalties. This is particularly true when it pertains to the outsourcing of sensitive materials to unauthorized countries. The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) governs the export and re-export of certain controlled commodities, services, and technologies. ITAR regulations apply to defense articles when a given component, subcomponent, part, assembly, subassembly, or integrated system has been specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted, or modified for a military application controlled under the United States Munitions List.
The regulations apply to manufacturers – even if they do NO international business. For example, there are requirements restricting access to information by non-US persons, or foreign nationals who may be employed by the manufacturer. These employees cannot have access to work on technologically sensitive projects unless specific privilege /license has been granted. Another example is the restrictions on point of origin for products. It may appear that the product received is US-made because you are buying from a domestically located supplier. However, many US-based suppliers also have offshore locations or brokerage arms that sources product from foreign sources for domestic resale.
Another example is the restrictions on companies who outsource their IT and/or engineering work to companies or facilities which are non-ITAR. It is critical that there be clear notification and management of the data systems and networks to insure all Export Control Information is protected. The information in ERP and CAD systems is often restricted intellectual property. This would extend to bills of materials, AVL, and manufacturing processes specific to a particular product. Transference of restricted information is considered an ‘export’ and requires a license.
ITAR impacts national security, International Traffic in Arms Regulation rules and controls have been in place for some time – but compliance efforts have been significantly increased in recent years – as have the penalties associated with non-compliance. ITAR not only protects today’s products- but also tomorrow's emerging technologies. Maintaining security pertaining to sensitive military and space technology is critical to our future.
Exporting critical technology requires dedication and strong processes. CBT Technology has a proven track record of staying at the forefront of industry certifications critical to our customers.
We take ITAR compliance seriously. It requires commitment from the top. Starting with the enforcement of ITAR regulations and commitment to export compliancy, ITAR’s values have been reinforced throughout the entire company.
As an ITAR company – transparency in our manufacturing and supply operation, and a willingness to comply with audits and inspections is key. Our customers must be able to validate our ability to provide ITAR compliant products and services.