What you should know about ITAR Compliance

You are probably aware of US ITAR compliance if you manufacture or export goods for the defense industry.
But do you know when you need to take action?
And why taking action is crucial?

What is ITAR?

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is the US regulation that governs the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of defense items, services, and technologies as described in the United States Munitions List (USML).
The USML covers 21 categories of defense articles, for example:

  1. Firearms and Related Articles
  2. Guns and Armament
  3. Ammunition and Ordnance
  4. Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs, and Mines
  5. Explosives and Energetic Materials, Propellants, Incendiary Agents, and Their Constituents
  6. Surface Vessels of War and Special Naval Equipment
  7. Ground Vehicles
  8. Aircraft and Related Articles
  9. ... View complete USML

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) at the State Department is responsible for enforcing ITAR.


Who needs to be ITAR Compliant

ITAR regulations must be followed by all producers (including foreign suppliers), exporters, temporary importers, brokers, and suppliers of defense goods, services, or technical data listed on the USML. You should make sure that each organization in your supply chain has rules in place to stay ITAR compliant.

What if you are not ITAR Compliant

If you do not comply with the ITAR Regulations, penalties can include civil and criminal fines.
The U.S. government also has the authority to take the additional measure of banning a company from any related future exports and imports.

How to become and stay ITAR Compliant

There is no official certification procedure to become ITAR Compliant. However, several criteria are crucial for creating an ITAR compliance plan.

  • The first step is to register with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls at the State Department (DDTC).
  • Secondly, you need to create and maintain ITAR Compliance programs and training within your company.
  • Finally, you should obtain licenses and get approval prior export, import or engaging in brokering activities.

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Usefill links

  • U.S. Department of State - Directorate of Defense Trade Controls - DDTC
  • United States Munitions List - USML
  • ITAR Tutorial - SBIR
  • ITAR Checklist - InspectionXpert
  • ITAR Checklist - ProxyClick