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U.S. releases new export control directives

Posted: 24 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:export control policy  U.S. export  licensing 

The United States has released Jan. 22 a package of new export control policies that aim to balance national security with the globalisation of technology.

In a statement, the White House said: "These new directives will advance a more efficient and transparent export licensing process and enhance dispute resolution mechanisms. They will also help ensure proper levels of control for continued U.S. economic competitiveness and innovation while protecting national security."

"In order to efficiently share technology with our allies, the administration is updating a system that had not kept pace with globalisation and rapid technological changes," National Association of Manufacturers' President John Engler said in a statement.

"This decision will keep sensitive technologies out of the hands of those seeking to harm us without hampering the ability of high-tech industries to expand exports," Engler added.

A key part of the export reforms is a validated end-user program. Four chipmakers operating in China were recently added to the list.

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, which oversees U.S. export controls, has scheduled a forum on March to explain the new export control guidelines.

- George Leopold
EE Times

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