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Export Controls

At Burns & Levinson, we recognize increased global interdependence along with threats of terrorism and proliferation have led to increased enforcement of export control laws. The U.S. government has various export control programs to regulate the transfer of goods, technology, software, services, and information to foreign nationals and foreign destinations. Violations of export control regulations can be a violation of law with civil, criminal sanctions, disclosures, suspension of export privileges or even government contract debarment. Export controls are not limited to government contractors, subcontractors or grantees. Clients in the technology industry field ranging from universities to private sector corporations, are increasingly impacted as the regulations govern the export of both defense-related and commercial products. We understand that our clients needs may not be the same and our attorneys need to provide the necessary advice and assistance based on individual circumstances. With exports on the rise, increased foreign travel and communication, and the employment of foreign nationals, it is important to understand and be aware of the dangers of exporting sensitive technology in order to avoid inadvertent violation.

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) implements the Arms Export Control Act and is enforced by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in the Department of State. ITAR regulates the export of defense and military related technologies. Our attorneys can assist clients with registering with the DDTC, licensing review process and gaining government authorization. ITAR’s equivalent for commercial goods is the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which implements the Export Administration Act (EAA). EAR is enforced by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce. An exporter is responsible for determining whether an export license is required under EAR, based on the item’s classification on the Commerce Control List (CCL), its destination country, the end-user, and its end use.

We represent clients in the following export control matters:

Export Controls Representative Client List *Past and Present Clients

Company Summary

The Export Controls Group at Burns & Levinson

Name Title Phone Email
Jerry Cohen Partner 617.345.3276