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Companies look to Trump administration to further ease export rules for space technology

17 Apr 2018, 10:00 UTC
Companies look to Trump administration to further ease export rules for space technology
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Four years after the Obama administration began loosening rules on space technology exports, companies experiencing the benefits are looking to the Trump administration for further regulatory relief.
“It’s not mission accomplished,” Fred Shaheen, Boeing’s chief council for global trade controls, said at the Satellite 2018 conference in Washington earlier this month. “Export control reform is definitely not done. There’s so much left to do.”
In 2014, authority to approve the export of many space-related technologies shifted from the U.S. State Department to the U.S. Commerce Department. The changes are helping the U.S. commercial space industry, John Shane, a partner specializing in international trade at Wiley Rein LLP, a Washington law firm, said at the Satellite 2018 conference.
When communications satellites were included in the U.S. Munitions List, the State Department’s list of defense articles subject to extensive International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR), “a lot of foreign parties were not interested in talking to American companies because of the regulatory hurdles they would have to go through,” said Fred Shaheen, Boeing’s chief council for global trade controls. Credit: SpaceNews
When communications satellites were included in the U.S. Munitions List, the State Department’s list of defense articles subject to extensive International ...

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