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US Exporters, Don’t Try This: German Gun Maker Sues Government for Export Approval

Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

Heckler & Koch is suing the German Government for failing to approve the export of parts needed to produce its G36 gun in Saudi Arabia. In 2008, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government approved the controversial (and lucrative) deal for Heckler & Koch to allow Saudi Arabia to produce the G36 itself.

The German government stopped authorizing the export of five key components that are required to make the gun in the middle of last year. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel made the decision to stop approving the export after vowing to be more cautious when licensing exports.

Last month, Germany was forced to defend a decision to allow the export of tanks and artillery to Qatar, which was reported to have sent troops to fight in Yemen.

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The Export Compliance Training Institute Announces Three New Seminars for Fall 2013

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by Brooke Driver


By: Jill Kincaid

Widely known as the leader for comprehensive and practical training on US export regulations (EAR, ITAR & OFAC), ECTI will launch three new programs in fall 2013.  All new programs have a focus on the recent Export Control Reform (ECR) changes and practical information for how companies can adapt and comply.
MASTERING AND IMPLEMENTING EXPORT CONTROL REFORM will be offered September 20, 2013 in Washington DC, and is a full-day of training on the details of reform.  Detailed course agenda can be viewed at and seminar webpage can be found at  John Black and Scott Gearity will lead this dynamic and essential training.
EU CONTROLS:  EXPORT CONTROLS & EMBARGOES ISSUES AND RISK (The Impact of EU, German and US Export Controls on European Companies) will be offered October 28-29, 2013 in Munich, Germany, and will apply the same comprehensive and practical approach that ECTI is known for to the EU and German export controls.  There will also be a session on US reformed controls as they apply to non-US companies.  Stephan Müller, John Black, Axel Junski & Stephan Morweiser will lead the instruction.  Details, agenda & registration:
ADVANCED ISSUES IN EXPORT CONTROLS:  COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP: The long-awaited follow-up course to ECTI’s popular US Export Controls/ Defense Trade Controls seminar series is finally here. To be held November 19-20 in Washington DC, industry experts John Black, Scott Gearity, Greg Creeser & Jonathan Poling will lead this information-packed 2-day event tailored to export compliance practitioners who already possess a solid base knowledge of export controls.  Emphasis will be on reform changes, avoiding violations—and handling them when they occur—taking your compliance best practices to the next level, and case studies and exercises designed to help compliance professionals learn to better handle the more difficult export compliance challenges.  Details, agenda & registration:

Study Points at ITAR as Hurting US Defense Industry’s Competitiveness

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

A recent study was published in the book “Fortresses & Icebergs: The Evolution of the Transatlantic Defense Market and the Implications for U.S. National Security Policy” outlining the decline of US defense firms market position in Europe. The study was funded by the Department of Defense and Johns Hopkins in order to get a feel for the transatlantic defense market. The US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania and Sweden were all examined for market obstacles and restrictions, especially the ITAR in the US.

The book, written by Bialos, Christine Fisher and Stuart Koehl dives into the current state of the defense market and takes the reader through the present and future of the international industry and explains what the US needs to do to keep from drowning. “Fortresses & Icebergs” describes the negative trend that US firms are facing in Europe, increased cooperative buying among European nations and an ITAR backlash are turning the market upside down. In the past European nations bought nearly all of their defense article from the US but the recent study shows that more and more international companies are purchasing their defense articles outside the US. The study also confirmed that the number US firms buying from European firms is growing. This may be because of the Obama Administrations’ need to procure defense articles based on affordability and competition with the dwindling defense budget, a very positive sign for European companies wanting to compete in the US market. (more…)

Luxembourg-based Company and Affiliates Pay $25 Million Fine to US Government

Monday, February 2nd, 2009 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan, Maarten Sengers and John Black

Qioptiq S.a.r.l (Qioptiq), the owner of a night vision equipment producer in Singapore and related affiliates in the UK and the US, recently agreed to pay $25 million in fines for US International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) violations. The bulk of the 163 charges relate to Qioptiq Singapore activities, including disclosure of unlicensed US night vision technology to its own employees in Singapore, the export of ITAR jurisdiction technology to a variety of countries, and the manufacture and unlicensed export of night vision assemblies using US origin ITAR data to a variety of countries. The large fine is due to the fact that the majority of the violations involved illegal transfers to China (or Chinese national employees) and Iran, two countries that are subject to particularly restrictive ITAR proscribed country status.

SPECIAL NOTE:The Export Compliance Training Institute will discuss the case in detail and look at practical steps companies may take to avoid such fines at its upcoming seminars on US export and reexport controls in Singapore on March 1-4, 2009. Details available at:

Qioptiq obtained several Thales High Technology Optic Group companies, including Thales Electro-Optics Pte Limited, Singapore (Thales Singapore), Avimo Singapore (predecessor to Thales Singapore), Thales Optical Coatings, Limited, UK and Thales Optem, Inc., NY (Thales NY) in December 2005. (For the purpose of this article we often will refer to the collective group of companies in Singapore as Qioptiq unless otherwise specified, and not make the distinction between whether violations occurred when the entity was Thales or Qioptiq.) The companies’ primary business is the manufacturing of optical components used in both commercial and military applications. Before the purchase, Thales voluntarily disclosed some of the ITAR violations to the US Government and agreed that its successor company Qioptiq would conduct a thorough review of ITAR compliance over the preceding five years, (and further in some situations). Because of the Thales agreement with the US Government Qioptiq inherited many of the violations when it acquired the Thales companies. (more…)

German Company Pays $50,000 US Fine for Sales to Cuba

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

Gunnar Petzel Medizintechnik of Germany has been issued a civil penalty of $50,000 for three violations of the EAR. The company ordered and purchased Ten Station Microplate Processing Conveyor Systems and supply units for export from the US to Cuba via Germany. The purchases were made between November 2003 and June 2006. Both items are designated EAR 99 but because Cuba was the final destination a license from the Department of Commerce was required due to the strict sanction on the country. Gunnar Petzel Medizintechnik never obtained any authorizations for the exports.

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Charging letter (PDF)