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ITAR/EAR Beyond the Basics Seminar
Export Control Reform: Catch On To The New Regulations Before They Catch You!

9 July, 2014 - 10 July, 2014, San Diego, CA, United States

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Compliance With The International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) Is The Key To Successful Business.

Avoid Costly Fines & Penalties Through Your Compliance with and Understanding of the ITAR.

Topics Include:

  • How the Export Control Reform Initiative Will Change the ITAR
  • Export Control Reform Background/Status of USML Rewrite
  • How the Transition Plan and Paragraph (x) Affects Your Agreements and  Licenses
  • Review of the USML Categories  VI, VII, VIII, XIII, XX
  • How to Classify the New 600 Series on the CCL
  • Defining Specially Designed:The Catch-and-Release Approach
  • The New Definitions: How to Interpret and Use Them
  • Overview of the Licensing Exceptions & New County Groups
  • Strategic Trade Authorization (STA)
  • Reexports and Recordkeeeping
  • Getting Started in SNAP-R
  • Staying Compliant with the New Regulations


"The small group discussions are an extremely effective learning tool. The exercises and small class size are a major plus that keeps us coming back to attend ECS seminars."
Director of Export Compliance, Northrop Grumman

"The venues are always conducive to learning and the quality of instructors as former State Department Licensing Officers is unparalleled."
Program Manager, Military Systems Group


Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter
356 6th Avenue
San Diego, California 92101
619 487-1200

ECS Rate of $189

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

The breakfast on both days begins at 7:30 am and the seminar begins at 8:30 am and will conclude at 4:00 pm on the first day. Due to flight schedules, the second day will conclude at 3:30 pm.

Day 1
  • The Role of the Export Staff in the International Business Process
  • Understanding Your Product:The Classification Process
  • The Government Marketing Plan
  • Go to Market: Effective Licensing Strategies
  • The Impact of Export Reform

Day 2
  • Effective Program Management of Export Controls-Issues to Consider
  • Contract Administration – Supply Chain Management and Facilitating On-Time Delivery
  • Export Controls and Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures (MAD) – The Role of Export Controls
  • Fines, Penalties and the Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2)
  • Effective Compliance Measures – Avoiding Violations in Complex Programs and Licensing


Suzanne Palmer, President, Export Compliance Solutions, is a former Licensing Officer at the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and has over 15 years of direct experience in the U.S. defense industry. After leaving the State Department, Ms. Palmer joined Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems in Baltimore and then went on to work at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Ms. Palmer combined this unique experience to found ECS in 2003. The ECS team provides training to help compliance officials successfully apply U.S. export control regulations and establish viable export compliance programs. Ms. Palmer has worked on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), was appointed to serve as a Special Compliance Officer (SCO) for a company operating under a Consent Agreement and is an active speaker for various professional organizations.

Mal Zerden was the Division Chief of the Aircraft Division in the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. During his 27 years in DDTC, Mr. Zerden either licensed or supervised the licensing of almost every category covered by the USML. He reviewed the work of licensing analysts and signed off on Commodity Jurisdiction requests and Agreements. Mr. Zerden interpreted the regulations for U.S. industry, other U.S. Government agencies and foreign governments. He interpreted the ITAR for Customs officials (CBP and ICE) and trained officers from those organizations. He provided support to law enforcement organizations and testified at trials that involved violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

Lisa Bencivenga has over twenty years of varied experience in export/import licensing and compliance issues with major defense contractors. She has had the leading role in developing and implementing internal compliance programs, providing regulatory guidance, instituting license databases, training personnel at all corporate levels, conducting audits requested by clients and/or directed by the U.S. Department of State, coordinating investigations and working closely with legal departments while administering the full spectrum of corporate international export/import activities.


Event details

Export Compliance Solutions
9 July, 2014
10 July, 2014
San Diego
Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter
United States
Training Course


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