October 30th, 2011

A Reasonable Step Toward Export Controls Reform

U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in May commented on Export Controls Reform.

SCB Training Center supports her comments and common sense-approach in suggesting that generic parts such as rivets, wire and bolts be removed from control.

Most organizations understand that compliance to the ITAR is required for national security, so removing these minor items from control is a reasonable approach that continues to protect the U.S. while helping those smaller organizations struggling to comply.

Consider the scenario of a small, micro-size company (working on very small margins) that wants to bid a job from a Tier-2 customer to machine some fasteners. Assuring compliance adds enough “cost” to force the company to no-bid. Removing these items positively affects the entire supply chain, from the prime to the special process houses, testing labs, all the way down to the smallest manufacturers. When we consider the potential for creating more jobs, and for keeping jobs here in the U.S., this proposed step is applauded.