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Published March 26th, 2020

What is ITAR Compliance?

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requires all manufacturers, exporters, temporary importers, brokers, and furnishers of ITAR-controlled defense articles and services—including technical data—to register with the U.S. Department of State and obtain export licenses to stay ITAR compliant.

What is an ITAR Compliance Checklist?

An ITAR compliance checklist is a tool used by arms suppliers to easily determine if they are ITAR compliant, establish an identification system for ITAR-controlled products, and implement an effective ITAR compliance program. This article features:

  1. how your business can benefit from complying with ITAR;
  2. powerful mobile inspection app to easily conduct audits; and
  3. free ITAR Compliance checklists you can download, customize, and use.

5 Benefits of ITAR Compliance

Washington-based export attorney, Kay Georgi, says that one of the most common mistakes among businesses is the lack of a clearly communicated, accurately enforced, and properly documented ITAR compliance program. Here is how your company can benefit from staying compliant with ITAR:

1. Quality Manufacturing Output

Manufacturers of defense articles who ensure ITAR compliance inevitably guarantee the production of safe products as well. Improve productivity by verifying that the product design and manufacturing process comply with ITAR.

2. Optimized Export Operations

Exporters and temporary importers of defense articles who comply with ITAR gain visibility across their entire operations because of accurate maintenance of records. Avoid seizure and forfeiture in attempts at illegal exports by obtaining licenses and other approvals.

3. No Wasted Time and Money

Last year, the U.S. Department of State fined an Oregon-based thermal imaging infrared camera manufacturer $30 Million for export violations. ITAR compliance will save tons of money and valuable time from costly civil or criminal penalties and up to 10 years of imprisonment per violation.

4. Increased Employee Morale

Companies boost morale, provide job security, and assure employee retention when they remain ITAR compliant. Complying with ITAR prevents debarment or losing export licenses and allows companies to continue doing business in the defense industry.

5. Good Reputation

ITAR-compliant businesses are likely to acquire more government contracts and win bids in weapons and ammunition. Because of a strong brand image, loyal clients become advocates of the product. ITAR compliance naturally attracts potential customers, expands your network, and strengthens your supply chain.

ITAR Compliance App

Arms suppliers can easily comply with ITAR by successfully harnessing new technology. iAuditor, the world’s most powerful inspection software, can help compliance officers identify ITAR-controlled articles and services, conduct compliance audits, and prevent costly penalties. Empower your officers to:


Jona Tarlengco

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