MTSI is registered for ITAR for both Design and Manufacturing Services at the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDT, which ensures commercial exports of defense articles and defense services advance U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.
ITAR stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulations. It is a set of regulations established by the United States Department of State to control the export and import of defense-related articles, services, and technologies. ITAR is primarily concerned with items and information that are specifically designed or modified for military or defense purposes. The regulations are intended to safeguard national security interests and prevent the proliferation of sensitive technologies to unauthorized individuals, organizations, or foreign countries.
When it comes to manufacturing, ITAR imposes certain requirements on companies involved in the production of defense-related items. Here are some key aspects of ITAR requirements for manufacturing:
- Registration: Any U.S. person or company engaged in the manufacturing, exporting, or brokering of defense articles or services covered by ITAR must register with the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). This registration is done through the submission of a form called the DS-2032.
- Licensing: Manufacturing defense articles covered by ITAR generally requires obtaining an export license from the DDTC. This license is necessary for both exporting the items outside the United States and transferring them to foreign persons within the country. The license application process involves submitting detailed information about the item, its technical specifications, end-users, and other relevant details.
- Compliance Program: ITAR expects manufacturers to establish and maintain an effective compliance program to ensure adherence to the regulations. This program should include procedures to control access to ITAR-controlled technical data, training for employees, and regular compliance audits.
- Restricted Activities: Manufacturers subject to ITAR must be cautious about certain activities, such as the transfer of ITAR-controlled technical data to non-U.S. persons, foreign visitors’ access to sensitive areas, and foreign ownership or control of the company. These activities may require specific licenses or approvals from the DDTC.
- Recordkeeping: Adequate recordkeeping is essential under ITAR. Manufacturers are required to maintain records related to the manufacture, export, and transfer of defense articles. These records should be kept for a specified period and made available for inspection by the DDTC upon request.
- Security Measures: Manufacturers must implement appropriate security measures to protect ITAR-controlled items, technical data, and other sensitive information. These measures may include physical security controls, access controls, information technology security, and personnel security procedures.
- Reporting Obligations: ITAR imposes reporting obligations on manufacturers. This includes reporting any unauthorized exports, thefts, or diversions of defense articles, as well as any changes in ownership or control of the company.
It’s important to note that ITAR requirements can be complex, and compliance is crucial to avoid severe penalties and legal consequences. Manufacturers dealing with defense-related items should consult with legal counsel or export control experts to ensure full compliance with ITAR regulations.