SCL authorization requirements removed from EAR

SCL authorization requirements removed from EAR

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Commerce Department today released for publication in the Federal Register a final rule that amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by removing the special comprehensive license (SCL) authorization. Because of export control reform-related changes to the EAR, it has been concluded that the SCL had “outlived its usefulness to the exporting public”—specifically given that recent changes to the EAR permit exporters to accomplish similar results using individual licenses and without undertaking the “more onerous” SCL application.


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The final rule [PDF 229 KB] also makes conforming amendments. In sum, the changes are reported to be part of BIS’s efforts to further update export controls under the EAR consistent with a review initiative that directs BIS and other federal agencies to streamline regulations and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on the public.

The BIS final rule is effect on a date that is 30 days after 26 August 2015 (when the final rule will be published in the Federal Register).


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