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February 18, 2005 

BIS Issues Two Final Rules Revising the Export Administration Regulations

Today, February 18, 2005, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BOS) issued two final rules revising the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The first final rule issued by BIS is a "fix-it" regulations making technical corrections to various provisions of the EAR. The regulation includes language that clarifies certain license exceptions, corrections citation errors, updates internal agency process matters and clarifies paperwork requirements. None of the technical correctsiion change the current interpretations or licensing requirement of the EAR. The PDF version of BIS's fix-it rule can be found at the following link:
a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-3216.pdf.

The second final rule issued by BIS is revises the EAR to allow staff and employees of certain humanitarian organizations to use License Exception TMP to export basic telecommunications equipment and software to Sudan for up to one year to be used in the activities of those organizations to relieve human suffering. The rule contains details on the scope of the products eligibile for the license exception, including cell phones, personal computers, personal digital assistants, global positioning system or similar satellite receivers and related software. This is a very narrow license exception and should be reviewed closely prior to use. The PDF version of TMP rule for Sudan can be found at the following link:
a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-3215.pdf.


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