Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Category

New DDTC Guidelines for Exports, Reexports and Retransfers to Iraq and Afghanistan

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 by John Black


By: John Black

More new guidelines for applications:  And, as you may have guessed, new doesn’t necessarily mean new and improved, at least not from the standpoint of the applicant.  There are streamlined application processing procedures for certain exports for the good guys in Afghanistan and Iraq, but to get the benefit of the streamlined processing, you have to do a lot more than simply reference Operation New Dawn (“OND”) or Operation Enduring Freedom (“OEF”).

To get all of the details of the specific application procedures and extensive requirements for supporting documentation, to:

DDTC Says Farewell to Turk Maggi as He Reports (Again) to Afghanistan

Friday, May 11th, 2007 by Britain Black


By: Britain Black

Monday, May 7, DDTC Managing Director Robert “Turk” Maggi left for Afghanistan. On Friday May 11, he reported to the Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force 82, as the Foreign Policy Advisor. Looks like one man’s promotion is another man’s assignment to a war zone.

ITAR Continues to Cause Problems for Some Canadians with ITAR 126.1 Dual Citizenship

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 by John Black


By: John Black

Canadian Citizens May Seek Relief via Canadian Legal System

According to media reports, the fallout continues from conflict between tight United States ITAR requirements and Canadian defense manufacturers. US regulations prohibit Canadian citizens who have dual citizenship in a country listed in ITAR 126.1 from working on US defense projects. There are currently 19 countries whose citizens are banned from this type of work including China, Cuba, Lebanon, Syria, North Korea, Belarus, Afghanistan and Rwanda. Recently Venezuela was added to this list, which may have contributed to the termination of an employee at Montreal’s Bell Helicopter facility.

Bell Helicopter is currently working on an $849 million contract for the US Military and has had to reassign 24 employees to stay in compliance with the US regulations on who can work on their defense projects.

Jaime Vargas, a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship in Venezuela, had only worked at Bell Helicopter for several weeks when he was unexpectedly terminated. There are conflicting stories from Mr. Vargas and Bell representatives on the quality of work performed by the employee. Though Bell claims that he had performed poorly, Mr. Vargas states that he had had nothing but positive reviews and had recently been congratulated by his supervisor on the high quality of his work.

The Canadian Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations says that it will be filing a civil suit on Mr. Vargas’ behalf stating that they believe he was terminated solely based on his connection with Venezuela. They will ask for $110,000 in compensation for Mr. Vargas. The suit will be based on allegations that the termination violated Canadian Human Rights laws.

John Black’s Note: I hope Mr. Vargas wins the suit. I seriously doubt that DDTC will want to revise the ITAR if that happens, but I love it when DDTC digs in its heels and refuses to bend its policies to take into account issues outside of its own control. I look forward to the eloquent statement of the DDTC position, “We don’t care if you win a law suit, we don’t care if the ITAR causes good Canadian companies to violate Canadian laws, we aren’t changing the ITAR.”

Source: “Canoe Network Money” February 6, 2007

Full story on Canoe Network

State Sets New Iraq and Afghanistan Application Procedure

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 by John Black


By: John Black

DDTC has new guidance on its web site for license applications for Operating Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operating Enduring Freedom (Iraq). Generally speaking, an important point is that State tells applicants to use D-Trade if they want to get their applications approved relatively quickly. When you submit your application via D-Trade and EllieNet, the Transaction ID should begin with the letters “OIF” or “OEF” (OIF — Operation Iraqi Freedom — for Iraq, OEF — Operation Enduring Freedom — for Afghanistan). The new document includes a good deal of additional details that you should read and heed if you want to apply for a license for OIF or OEF.

State Modifies Proscribed Country Rules on Afghanistan and Zimbabwe

Tuesday, July 30th, 2002 by Maarten Sengers


By: Maarten Sengers

Two Office of Defense Trade Control (ODTC) Federal Register notices in July modify slightly the rules as they apply to 126.5 proscribed countries Afghanistan and Zimbabwe  (If you have trouble remember which countries, use the mnemonic device “proscribed countries A to Z.)”   The first amends the ITAR to lift a policy of license denial for defense exports destined for the Afghan Interim Authority (AIA) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).  The former is Karzia’s Government and the latter is the US and our allies.  As the Notice does not address use of exemptions, one would have to presume that the general proscribed country rule barring use of most ITAR exemptions still applies, even if intended for the AIA and ISAF.  The Zimbabwe Notice, in contrast, now allows for the use of the 123.17 temporary exports of firearms exemption, but does not change the overall denial licensing policy for Zimbabwe.

OFAC Adjusts Embargo on Afghanistan

Tuesday, January 29th, 2002 by John Black


By: John Black

In the January 29, 2002 Federal Register the Office of Foreign Assets Control announced that it has determined that the Taliban no longer controls any territory in Afghanistan. This means that OFAC no longer has an embargo on the territory of Afghanistan. OFAC continues to have an embargo on US persons participation in any activity that involves the Taliban or persons owned or controlled, or acting on behalf of, the Taliban.

State Department Announces Denial Policy for Military Exports to Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 9th, 2001 by John Black


By: John Black

In the May 9, 2001 Federal Register the Office of Defense Trade Controls announced that it will continue its policy to deny all applications for licenses and other approvals for Afghanistan and to preclude the use of exemptions for Afghanistan. The DTC official announcement that it will continue to do what it has been doing is an official affirmation that the United States has implemented the provisions of United Nationals Security Council Resolution 1333 (December 19, 2000) which imposed a comprehensive arms embargo on Afghanistan.

Treasury Department Publishes Taliban/Afghanistan Embargo Regulations

Thursday, January 11th, 2001 by John Black


By: John Black

In the January 11, 2001 Federal Register the Treasury Department published the Taliban (Afghanistan) Sanctions Regulations to implement former President Clinton’s Executive Order 13129 of July 4, 1999. The US sanctions on the Taliban and Afghanistan have been in force since the issuance of the executive order. These regulations clarify many technical details of the sanctions.

For a summary analysis of the US sanctions on the Taliban and Afghanistan, see the July 1999 Aerospace Export Control Update.