‘Fess Up Exporters

Export compliance means attention to detail, consistent procedures, up to date knowledge, and oversight. Due diligence is required for EEI filings, Schedule B and ECCN classification, Licensing entries, and Country of Origin determination. In spite of best efforts, mistakes will be made. In these cases a Voluntary Self-Disclosure is a smart move. Here is some info from the BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) website:

Voluntary Self-Disclosure

BIS encourages the submission of Voluntary Self Disclosures (VSDs) by parties who believe they may have violated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). VSDs are an excellent indicator of a party’s intent to comply with U.S. export control requirements and may provide BIS important information on other ongoing violations. BIS carefully reviews VSDs received from disclosing parties to determine if violations of the EAR have occurred and to determine the appropriate corrective action when violations have taken place. Additional information regarding VSDs can be found in Part 764.5 of the EAR, or the enforcement section of our website www.bis.doc.gov.

Voluntary Self-Disclosures and Disclosures Concerning Others 

Pursuant to Part 764.5 of the EAR, one copy of the information constituting a VSD or any other correspondence pertaining to a VSD may be submitted to:

Director, Office of Export Enforcement
1401 Constitution Ave.
Room H4514
Washington, DC 20230
Tel: (202) 482-5036
Facsimile: (202) 482-5889

Due to the current COVID-19 response measures, BIS is now accepting VSDs electronically.  Voluntary Self Disclosures, exhibits, and requests for filing deadline extensions may be submitted to BIS_VSD_INTAKE@bis.doc.gov .  Hard copy filing is not required in addition to electronic filing, and please be aware that receipt and processing delays may occur in instances where only a hard copy VSD is submitted.

Contact mitch@adhoclogistics.com for help with Voluntary Self Disclosures.