The U.S. Departments of State and Commerce have published proposed new “Export Control Reform” (ECR) rules that will transfer export control of semi- and non-automatic firearms, components and related ammunition, including associated technical data, from the International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The new rules will effect a total change – 100% – in the interface between companies in the firearms and ammunition industry and United States export control regulations. Export classification, licensing, compliance programs, design and manufacturing collaborations will all occur under a new and quite different set of regulations. Everything will change.

Manufacturers, exporters, retailers, distributors, gunsmiths, engravers and others will find that ECR opens new doors of opportunity to them.

Orchid Advisors is committed to bringing the industry information on the new commercial opportunities ECR will present, as well as service and outsourcing solutions Orchid can offer to make it easier to capitalize on those opportunities. Click here for our ECR blog.

Look to Orchid Advisors to help you take command of the new export environment in the following ways:

  • Formulation of EAR-driven international sales and sourcing strategies
  • Preparation of export licenses and provision of other “export compliance department” services on an outsourced basis. (Now may be the time to outsource export licensing, logistics support and record-keeping to professionals for whom this is their primary business)
  • Practical advice on the making near-term decisions under the ITAR that will be affected in 2019 by the new rules.
  • Development of integrated export and ATF compliance solutions for transitioning to the post-ITAR world.
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