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Proposed rule changes to USML Category XII

U.S. agencies proposed rule

Proposed rules—released today by the Commerce Department and the State Department for publication in the Federal Register—include changes with respect to control of USML Category XII (fire control, laser, imaging, and guidance and control equipment).


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Fire control, laser, imaging, guidance and control equipment

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a proposed rule [PDF 305 KB] reflecting that these articles under Category XII of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) would be controlled under the Commerce Control List (CCL) of the Export Administration Regulations. 

Also, the BIS proposed rule would expand controls for certain software and technology, eliminate the use of some license exceptions, revise licensing policy, and expand license requirements for certain transactions involving military end-users or foreign military commodities. The proposed rule would also harmonize provisions within the EAR by revising controls related to certain quartz rate sensors and uncooled thermal imaging cameras.

The proposed changes correspond to changes in the State Department’s proposed amendment to USML Category XII.

The State Department’s proposed rule [PDF 258 KB] also concerns the proposal to amend the ITAR to revise Category XII, and proposes to amend USML Categories VIII, XIII, and XV to reflect that items now described under those categories will be included in the revised Category XII.


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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