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May 06, 2008 

Latest Defense Export Licensing Statistics Show Decrease in Average License Processing Times

The State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has released the license processing time statistics for April 2008:

Cases Received: 7,728
Cases Closed: 7,438
Cases Open At End of Month: 3,720
Average Processing Time: 15 Days

By contrast, in April 2007 DDTC received 6,290 cases and the average processing time was 32 days.

The good news for defense exporters is that during the past year DDTC's average license processing times have been cut in half even though nearly 23% more applications were submitted.

As for the average processing times, DDTC notes that for electronic cases (i.e., those being filed via D-Trade), the processing times are based on the date the case was signed by the applicant until the date of final action. DDTC also indicated that the methodology for calculating the average processing times for hardcopy cases has changed. The processing times for April 2008 were determined by the date the case entered DDTC until the time the case is signed out of DDTC. Previously, the processing time for hardcopy cases was based on the application date until the date of final action.

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