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January 13, 2009 

U.S. and China Reach Agreement on VEU Program

As a follow-up to our previous post on negotiations involving the China Validated End-User (VEU) program, the Bureau of Industry and Security and China's Ministry of Commerce last night concluded an agreement that would fully implement the China VEU program. Among other things, the agreement permits BIS officials to conduct on-site inspections of the companies in China that have been designated as VEUs.

BIS announced the agreement in the following press release:

BIS Announces Full Implementation of the Validated End-User Program for China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced the full implementation of the Validated End-User (VEU) program for the People’s Republic of China. With agreement on procedures to ensure the program’s secure and efficient operation, civilian U.S.-China high-technology trade will benefit from the continued export of certain products to VEU-approved companies without individual licenses. The VEU program facilitates civilian trade by reducing administrative and logistical hurdles for certain exports to pre-screened companies in China.

“We are pleased to have reached this milestone agreement with China, one of our nation’s most important trading partners,” Under Secretary of Commerce Mario Mancuso said. “This agreement will maximize the security and trade-enhancing benefits of the VEU program, and continue a promising chapter in civilian U.S.-China high technology trade. U.S. exporters now have a more streamlined way to export to companies in China who have a record of using U.S. technology responsibly.”

Established in 2007, the VEU program uses a market-based approach to facilitate civilian high-technology trade with China. The program permits civilian companies in China, who pass a rigorous national security review and agree to strict follow-on compliance obligations, to receive under a VEU-specific authorization the same U.S.-controlled items they could previously receive under individual Commerce Department licenses.

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