Satellite Export Control Reform

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce finalized the coordinated implementation of export control reforms related to satellites, spacecraft, ground systems and related hardware that had been sought for industry for over a decade. These changes open new international sales opportunities for U.S. manufacturers of space technology.

Since 1999, U.S. satellite system and component manufacturers had faced significant hurdles in pursuing overseas sales of their products. In that year, the Defense Authorization Act moved essentially all satellite products from Export Administration Regulations (EAR) control to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) control. ITAR is administered by the State Department, EAR by the Commerce Department. This move had the effect of virtually eliminating the opportunity for U.S. companies to export satellite technology. Since then, many manufacturers have focused exclusively on U.S. government and commercial sales strategies, and have regarded efforts at international sales as a fruitless exercise.

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