Do you want to get a handle on export compliance in 2015? Implementing a formal Export Management Compliance Program can be quite intimidating and expensive, especially for small and medium sized companies. An EMCP requires a significant commitment of time on the part of management and usually involves hiring an outside consultant for the initial set up. There is no question that a written EMCP is a good investment for any company to make. An EMCP establishes clear accountability, written instructions, and reduces risk of non compliance. If the exporter has not experienced problems or incurred any fines it is easy to make an EMCP a “back burner” issue. If your company has not implemented an EMCP it is still good business practice to take some basic compliance steps. While these steps cannot take the place of a written EMCP they will help reduce risk of non compliance. To get started I suggest the following:
- Review and confirm correct Harmonized and Schedule B codes
- Check EAR regulations for correct exception codes and license or NLR designations
- If exporting under ITAR you need a responsible trained officer
- Check common “Red Flags” such as denied parties lists, entities lists, and unverified lists
- Review export documentation for possible improvements
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