The President released an Executive Order today and an accompanying Fact Sheet outlining a crucial step toward implementing changes to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) as part of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative.
On March 7, the Administration notified Congress – as required by Section 38(f) of the Arms Export Control Act – of the intended changes to USML Category VIII (Aircraft) and USML Category XIX (Gas Turbine Engines). Congress was reportedly given “pre-notification” in February, including text of the intended rule changes, and now has 30 days to review the modifications before the final rules will be published. The Administration has outlined a 180-day transition period that would follow the final rule.
The NAM has long advocated for a more predictable, efficient and transparent export control system. A study by the Milken Institute in partnership with the NAM previously estimated that modernizing export controls could boost real U.S. economic output by $64 billion and create 160,000 manufacturing jobs. Today’s news is a positive step to modernizing our export control system to keep us from falling behind our global competition.
Public comments on the State Department’s proposed rule for USML Category VIII are online here. Public comments on the Commerce Department’s proposed rule for control of items that no longer warrant control under the USML are onlinehere. Public comments on the State Department’s proposed rule for USML Category XIX are online here. Public comments on the Commerce Department’s proposed rule for control of items that no longer warrant control under the USML are online here. A full listing of proposed rules for USML Categories, and their accompanying Commerce Control List (CCL) categories, is online here.
Lauren Airey is director of trade facilitation policy, National Association of Manufacturers.