U.S. Export Initiative: Easing U.S. Export Controls

U.S. Export Initiative: Easing U.S. Export Controls

The Obama Administration recently announced the National Export Initiative(NEI), which is the Administration’s plan to reform the U.S. export controlsystem. The plan includes four key proposed changes. First, the Administration plans to create a single export control list, rather than the two-track (StateDepartment’s USML and the CCL) approach that is currently employed. Second,the Administration hopes to establish a single licensing agency, which would have jurisdiction over all exports, in an effort to streamline the license review processand ensure consistent licensing decisions. Third, the Administration hopes to coordinate enforcement with all of the current agencies enforcing export controls,as well as with the intelligence community. Fourth, the Administration hopes to implement a single unified information technology (IT) infrastructure to increase efficiency.These reforms are in their infant stages. If they come to fruition, however, they will undoubtedly have a significant impact on all exporters.