Export license application status during federal government closure 

October 4: U.S. government agencies involved in export license review this week posted guidance on the treatment of license applications during the federal government closure.

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Commerce Department this week posted the following website notice concerning the federal government closure.

The Federal Government is currently shut down due to a funding lapse. As a result, the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is no longer accepting export license applications, classification requests (CCATS), encryption reviews, encryption registrations, or advisory opinion requests. Similarly, BIS will not be issuing any final determinations. The SNAP-R application on BIS's Website is not available and will not reopen until the Federal Government shutdown ends. All pending export license applications, commodity classification requests, encryption reviews, encryption registrations, and advisory opinion requests will be held without action by BIS until the shutdown ends.

Applicants may request emergency processing of export license applications for national security reasons by submitting email requests to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Matthew Borman at Matthew.Borman@bis.doc.gov.

The subject line of the email should read "Request for Emergency License" and the email must identify the applicant (including point of contact), intermediate and ultimate consignees, and end user(s), items, end use, and national security justification for the emergency processing.

State Department DDTC

The U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) also announced this week that it was open for normal operations at least through Friday, October 4, 2013.


The DDTC announcement notes that other agencies involved in the review of licenses are operating “on very limited status and only reviewing licenses directly in support of ongoing combat or contingency operations” and that staffing shortages in the U.S. government will affect requests for Commodity Jurisdiction determinations.


Other regular functions of the DDTC (e.g., requests for new or renewing registrations) will continue under normal conditions until further notice.


The DDTC notice includes guidance for consideration of licenses to support military, humanitarian or other emergencies.



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