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Tennessee Trafficking- Tisk, Tisk

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 by Anna Barone


By: Anna Barone

Following an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), four former officers of Sabre Defense Industries, LLC (SDI-US) plead guilty to the following charges:

  • Conspiracy to defraud the United States
  • Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud
  • Making false statements on export and import documents
  • Conspiracy to violate the AECA

Specifically, they admitted to:

  • Illegally importing and exporting regulated firearms and firearm components and technology to and from the United States from Sabre Defense Industries, LLC and from their personal residences.
  • Exporting firearm components from the U.S. to an international location without first obtaining a license or written authorization from the DDTC of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Importing silencers into U.S. from international sources without having first obtained the required license and authorization from ATF.
  • Falsifying shipping records, conceal unlicensed firearms components in false bottoms of shipping cartons, and mislabel and undervalue shipments of firearm components, since 2003, to avoid scrutiny by U.S. Customs and Border Protection control officers.
  • Concealing illegal import and export activities by maintaining two sets of business books to record the company’s accounts and balances, and its export and import activities.

U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin says, “The illegal import, export and transfer of firearms and related components poses a great risk to America and our allies.   Those who engage in such irresponsible and illegal activity will come to realize the commitment of our law enforcement partners to safeguarding America and the high priority given to this issue by the Department of Justice.”

Sentencing is set for August 1, 2011 at 10 a.m.

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DDTC List of Companies with Name Changes or Mergers

Friday, April 16th, 2010 by John Black


By: John Black

Here is a list of the companies for which the DDTC has announced name changes or mergers.  Check this list to see if any of these parties are on licenses, agreements, or approval that you have now, have applied for, or are about to apply for.  Click on the link to see the details.

  • GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Technology Corporation to GE Intelligent Platforms Technology Corporation. (3.08.10)  Click here to read.
  • GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Embedded Systems, Inc. to GE Intelligent Platforms Embedded Systems, Inc. (3.08.10)  Click here to read.
  • GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (Colorado), Inc. to GE Intelligent Platforms (Colorado), Inc. (3.08.10)  Click here to read.
  • ITT Systems Division and ITT Federal Services International Corporation Changing to ITT Systems Corporation. (3.08.10) Click here to read.
  • i-Logistics USA Corporation Changing to Itochu Logistics USA Corporation. (2.22.10)
    Click here to read.
  • G4S Security Services (Canada) Ltd. to G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (2.22.10)  Click here to read.
  • GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms of the U.S. Changing to GE Intelligent Platforms. (2.22.10)  Click here to read.
  • GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (Bracknell) Limited of the United Kingdom Changing to GE Intelligent Platforms (Bracknell) Limited (2.22.10)  Click here to read.
  • GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Limited of the United Kingdom Changing to GE Intelligent Platforms Limited. (2.22.10)  Click here to read.
  • Sartomer Company, Inc. Changing to Cray Valley USA, LLC. (2.22.10) Click here to read.
  • Saab AB (publ) Entities Name Changes. (2.16.10)  Click here to read.
  • Saab Technologies, Inc. to Saab North America, Inc. (2.12.10)  Click here to read.

State/DDTC Requires Eight Copies for CJs

Friday, April 16th, 2010 by John Black


By: John Black

If you are going to submit a Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination request, DDTC says you must mail it in (FedEx, DHL, UPS, USPS) and you must include 8 complete copies of a fully executed DS-4076 CJ and all supporting documentation.

DDTC Ask Foreign Embassies to Update Forwarders Lists

Friday, January 9th, 2009 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

DDTC has posted a notice to all Embassies recently identified on recent DSP 94 forms. They are currently updating records of freight forwarders authorized by Embassies to transfer defense articles sold, leased or loaned by the Department of Defense under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program. Letters requesting this information have been mailed out to those Embassies but DDTC is posting this additional notice to ensure that the notification is received by all.

All Embassies are required to identify freight forwarders authorized to handle any FMS shipments pursuant to a current signed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA). DDTC needs Embassies to specify their authorized freight forwarder(s), their address, telephone, fax, and point of contact who can be an empowered official.

DDTC would like to receive the information no later than January 31, 2009. See State Department’s Reminder (DOC) for the requested format and mailing details.

DDTC Announces Streamlined Procedures for Goodrich Control Systems – Rolls Royce J.V.

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

Effective December 30, 2008 three Goodrich Control Systems operations in the UK have entered into a joint venture with Rolls-Royce plc. The companies will be renamed, Rolls-Royce Goodrich Engine Controls Systems Ltd. DDTC has waived the requirements for amendments to change currently approved authorizations at this time.

All currently approved agreements will be treated as needing a minor amendment per 22 CFR 124.1(d). Agreement holders are responsible for amending their agreement. The minor amendment must be submitted no later than February 28, 2009.

Pending agreements applications that require amending must bring the change to the assigned Agreements Officer in order for the changes to be made prior to issuance.

Any license applications received after January 31, 2009 which identifies one of the subject Goodrich Control Systems facilities will be RWA. A copy of this website notice must be maintained by the license holder and presented with the relevant license to customs at time of shipment.

More information:

State Department Notice (DOC)

Slinging Mud? Hints at Hewlett Packard Illegal Exports to Iran

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 by John Black


By: John Black

A recent article at put Hewlett-Packard in the spotlight of what it thinks are illegal sales to Iran. The article describes how HP sells its products to Redington Gulf, a third-party distributor, who then sells the products to companies in Iran. Companies who, “have knowledge or reason to know” that their goods are intended for Iran can be charged with administering the sanctions by OFAC. HP claims it has “no knowledge” that Redington Gulf sells its printers to anyone in Iran.

Under the OFAC rules, HP’s actions might be completely legal because the rules allow US exporters to deliver products to a foreign company reseller even if the US company knows the reseller might eventually deliver a portion of its inventory to Iran-delivery of an inventory not substantially intended for Iran does not mean the exporter has “knowledge” under US Iran embargo rules. If an exporter has a shipment that it knows or suspects is specifically (or substantially) destined for Iran, the exporter may not export. In certain cases, the US embargo on Iran does not prohibit foreign-made HP printers with minimal US content to be sold to Iran.


DDTC Announces Streamlined Policy for Goodrich Control Systems Limited Name Change

Friday, December 19th, 2008 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

Effective December 19, 2008, Goodrich Control Systems Limited operations in the UK will be named Goodrich Control Systems. DDTC has waived the requirement for amendments to change the name on currently approved and pending authorizations.

The agreement holder for all approved authorizations are responsible for amending the agreement; the executed amendment will be treated as a minor amendment per 22 CFR 124.1(D) and must be submitted no later than February 19, 2009. Pending agreement applications that require amending should be brought to the attention to the assigned Agreement Officer by the agreement holder and the changes will be made prior to the issuance.

New license applications received after January 31, 2009 must identify Goodrich Control Systems Limited as Goodrich Control systems or the application will be RWA.

A copy of the notice must be maintained by the license holder and presented to Customs at the time of shipment.

More information:

More EEI and AES Clarification for Shipments to Puerto Rico

Sunday, November 16th, 2008 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

Last month we reported that the Census Bureau announced that Puerto Rico is within the US Customs territory and shipments between Puerto Rico and the US are exempt from the new advance filing deadlines set forth in the new Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Beginning September 30, 2008 it will be mandatory that Electronic Export Information (EEI) be filed through AES in advance, 24 hours before shipment via vessel or 2 hours via air.

The Census Bureau has now released a clarification to the exemption, when shipping any items between the US and Puerto Rico proof of the EEI filing citation, post departure filing citation or exemption must be presented to the carrier prior to the departure of goods. The filing does not have to be in advance, but it must be filed.

Remember however, most carriers want this information earlier than the time frames that have been set. Most carriers have a “no docs, no load” policy, meaning they must have the ITN number or an exemption listed on the transport document or your shipment will not be loaded. All ITN formats and exemption formats must meet the new criteria set forth in the Jun 9, 2008 Federal Register.

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Census Bureau Requests Comments on AES Proposal

Sunday, March 30th, 2008 by Danielle McClellan


By: Danielle McClellan

The Census Bureau is requesting comments by March 26 on their new proposed revisions to the Automated Export Systems record. Mainly the revisions entail changes that will reflect the following enhancements which have been made by the Census and US Customs and Border Protection:

  • Edits for rough diamond shipments under the Kimberley Process
  • E-mail messaging
  • Created the validated end-user license code
  • Automated carrier code updates
  • Developed background Standard Carrier Alpha Code update process
  • Developed SCAC maintenance log list
  • Developed consignee screens
  • Allowed Option 4 vessel shipments to proscribed countries
  • Developed method of transportation maintenance screens
  • Developed edit value type screens

If the proposed revisions are put into place the Census will be able to use the above collection of information to more accurately track what is being exported, how much and even how the goods are exported, who is exporting the goods, and even the date and place of the goods destination. With so much information the Census states that they will be able to detect and even prevent the export of certain items by unauthorized parties or destinations.

The information collected by the AES record will also be used by Federal agencies to plan and examine export promotion programs and development and assistance programs and aid in trade negotiations. The information will also be used by port authorities, airlines, steamship lines and many others to measure the volume of exports and any needs they may have for additional or new types of facilities.

Update on Canada’s Trade Sanctions Against Burma (and More)

Friday, December 14th, 2007 by Guest Author


On December 14, 2007, Minister Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada’s economic sanctions against Burma entered into force on December 13, 2007. (more…)