We Help Clients to Avoid Costly Legal Mistakes and Fines that Can Cripple Their Business in the Import Export Control industry.
Companies in the export import industry should be aware that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has substantially increased its oversight and focus on investigating and prosecuting criminal violations of U.S. export control and sanctions laws and ITAR regulations. To keep the impact to your organization to a minimum for both criminal and civil sanctions, getting the sound policies and procedures is the best starting point. Export control applies to large and small businesses, government contractors, individual officers, directors, and employees of export and import companies.
To keep the impact to your organization to a minimum for both criminal and civil sanctions, getting sound internal policies and procedures is the best starting point. Export control applies to large and small businesses, government contractors, individual officers, directors, and employees of export and import companies.
At Watson & Associates, LLC, our export control lawyers and consultants work closely with corporations and government contractors to reduce the possibility of fines and penalties. Whether your company needs help with realigning its entire export control compliance program, need help with export licenses or compliance with applicable regulations, we can help.
BIS penalty investigations in FY 2016 resulted in the criminal conviction of 32 individuals and businesses for export violations, as compared to 31 convictions in FY 2015. The penalties for these convictions came to $274,500 in criminal fines, more than $79,077,400 in forfeitures, and more than 883 months of imprisonment, compared to $156,416,030 in criminal fines, more than $84,496,015 in forfeitures, and more than 487 months of imprisonment in FY 2015.
In FY 2016, BIS investigations resulted in the completion of 39 administrative export and antiboycott actions against individuals and businesses and $23,323,000 in civil penalties, as compared to 51 actions and $15,111,200 in civil penalties in FY 2015. Of the 39 actions closed in FY 2016, four involved antiboycott violations that resulted in total civil penalties of $268,000.
In FY 2016, BIS processed 14,265 export license applications for exports of “600 series” items that transferred from the USML to the CCL; of the “600 series” licenses, BIS approved 12,945 license applications (90.7 percent), returned 1,274 applications without action (8.9 percent), and denied 46 applications (0.3 percent). In FY 2016, BIS’s average processing time to review a license application for “600 series” items was 17.6 days
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The federal government rarely gives corporations a break even with the first ITARS violation. By using proactive measures, developing the proper internal policies and control requirements, keeping your people trained and even staying up to speed on the latest indictments, fines, and penalty cases can reduce the chances of your company reaching the national headlines for export trade control violations.
- Prompt response
- Statutory compliance and proactive measures
- Services at a fraction of what other firms charge
- Long-term relationships built on trust and integrity
We offer cost-effective solutions. Our ITAR certification and export control consultants help you to stay out of legal trouble.
Export Control Certification Laws, ITARS Consulting, and ITAR Certification Legal Services
With offices in Washington DC and Denver Colorado, Watson & Associates, LLC engage with clients to make sure that they have proactive measures in place to avoid harsh penalties and fines for non-compliance.
As ITAR certification attorneys and export control consultants, our goal is to help our clients with compliance and training on export control laws (EAR certification), US International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITARS), TASS, Trade Agreement Act (TAA) and more. Our ITAR consulting team and attorneys provide a vast range of ITAR related services including:
- ITARS Registration and ITAR Certification;
- Arms Export Control Act statutory interpretation;
- Commodity Jurisdiction Requests;
- Import Export Controls Certification;
- EAR Certification Help
- Develop Export Control Compliance Programs;
- ITARS Export Administration Regulations Compliance;
- Voluntary Disclosure;
- Export License Applications, ECCN number and
- Avoiding ITARS Violation Penalties.
- Implement export control compliance best practices.
- ITAR certification training
You should select a cost-effective and knowledgeable ITARs compliance consulting team that understands export controls best practices and that has a full offering of ITAR certification, export control, and long-term access for your company. At Watson & Associates, LLC, each ITAR lawyer not only understands what can go wrong, we know how to do it right and minimize unnecessary legal consequences. Our export trade control professionals focus on providing results your company can depend and grow on.
With us, you get a focused Import Export Controls team that can help domestic and foreign companies that are bound by U.S. export laws and ECCN regulations.
What activities trigger compliance issues?
Research in export restricted science and engineering areas – examples include:
- Military or Defense Articles and Services
- High Performance Computing
- Dual Use Technologies (technologies with both a military and commercial application)
- Encryption Technology
- Missiles & Missile Technology
- Chemical/Biological Weapons
- Nuclear Technology
- Select Agents & Toxins (see Select Agent/Toxin list)
- Space Technology & Satellites
- Medical Lasers
Besides having a robust ITAR compliance checklist to manage your import export data, our ITAR consultants understand the companies want an advisor that understands the variance nuances within several industries and that can address EAR certification and various issues that arise under export control situations.
Watson & Associates, LLC export compliance consultants provide complete import and export business services, including registration as an exporter, defense manufacturer, or arms broker with the U.S. State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”); drafting of an export compliance policies and procedures manual tailored to your business requirements.
Do You Have These Export Import Business Best Practices in Place?
If not, our ITAR lawyers and consultants can help. Get important tips on how to get your import export license.
Licensing Procedures and Practices
- An effective and reasonable transparent licensing organizations and processes to ensure adequate review of license applications for nonproliferation reasons.
- Procedures, databases, and watch lists for evaluating parties involved in transfers, paying particular attention to those considered to be suspicious, unreliable, or presenting a high risk of diversion.
- Processes to ensure that technical experts, intelligence experts, and policy officials from all legally entitled government agencies have the knowledge and opportunity to evaluate license applications for proliferation concerns.
- Procedures to confirm, as appropriate, the legitimacy of stated end-users and end-uses.
- Procedures to confirm, as appropriate, that licensed items have reached their stated end-users and are being used for their stated end-use.
Import Export Control Laws, ITAR Training & Checklist
Companies use our expertise to develop and prepare PowerPoint training presentations and export compliance checklist for internal staff members; annual ITAR certification training of employees; classification of defense articles and technical data under both the DDTC/U.S. Munitions List and the Dept. of Commerce/Commerce Control List (CCL); and licensing of exports, including licensing of foreign employees who don’t have a green card, and foreign purchases of a controlling interests in U.S. companies that are subject to import export laws and regulations; Technical Assistance Agreements; commodity jurisdiction requests; Buy American Act and voluntary disclosures of export-control violations or failure to register.
ECCN and ITAR Compliance & EAR Certification
EAR certification has a few differences when compared to ITAR compliance rules. Developing your internal procedures and controls can be enhanced by having the right EAR certification team on board. As import export control lawyers and ITAR consultants, we provide business with detailed assessments, with ECCN code legal advice and clear direction to meet Export Administration regulations and mandates. Our EAR consultants can help with the following:
- Export controls classifications and EAR license determination. We help with the correct ECCN assignments for your services or products and providing guidance on licensing.
- EAR and export control license applications.
- Getting certified and compliance with prohibited end-uses and end-users regulations
- EAR certification updates resulting from of Export Controls Reform (including the new “600 series” ECCNs and related changes)
We also offer guidance and consulting federal government contractors involved in SBIRS procurements and those seeking to import and export items to foreign countries. When Buy American Act issues arise, our export control lawyers and lawyers can also help. Contact us to discuss how we can help.
- If at any time your company transfers defense articles, technical data relating to defense articles, or defense services to a foreign individual or company, that is an export, even if the transfer occurs in the United States.
- U.S. manufacturers of “defense articles” must register with the DDTC even if the company does not export defense articles, related technical data, or defense services: and
- DDTC strongly encourages import and export companies to voluntarily disclose export-control violations. There are no guarantees, but the likelihood of monetary penalties is greatly reduced if: the violation is voluntarily disclosed, the violation is inadvertent (i.e. not willful), the violation is a first offense, and the company is a small business without an in-house attorney.
Thus, it is best to proactively address import export control matters with your compliance manual, ITAR compliance checklist, and employee ITAR certification training and to immediately consult with an export compliance attorney if you realize that you have failed to timely register, or if your company has suffered an export controls violation.
ITAR Attorney and ITAR Compliance Consultants
Watson’s ITAR consultants and export control lawyers help operators to develop detail and robust operational EAR certification and ITAR compliance with export laws that include manuals and checklists articulating the export controls procedures to be followed, internal policies and import export data controls, ITAR training and develop effective ITAR certification manuals that include:
- Organizational Structure;
- Corporate Commitment and ITAR Policy;
- Identification, Receipt, and Tracking of ITARS Controlled Items/Technical Data;
- Re-Exports/Retransfers, and
- Restricted/Prohibited Exports and Transfers.
When clients are involved in adverse agency actions, our law office can put forth a solid team to represent clients at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S International Trade Commission and others for issues related to import an export procedure. See also information about the North American Trade Agreement Act.
Nationwide ITARS and Import Export Control Consulting Services
Watson’s import export control lawyers and ITAR consultants represent commercial businesses through the United States. We help commercial and government contractors with ITARS in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming export compliance consultants.
Cities where our import export control attorneys and ITAR lawyers help include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.
Call Our EAR Certification Lawyers and ITAR Consultants
For immediate help with export control, ECCN Codes, Export Administration / EAR Certification Compliance, ITARS Training and export laws, call our law firm toll-free at 1-866-601-5518 to speak with our ITAR lawyers and consultants or use our Contact our export controls consultant to let us know how we can help.