Defense & ITAR | ITAR Compliance Basics

International Traffic in Arms Regulations compliance is often a confusing subject, which makes it difficult for businesses to fully understand the exact requirements. Any exporters, manufacturers and brokers of defense services, defense articles and technical data are required by the US Government to be ITAR compliant and certified. This includes any businesses that sell, distribute or manufacture services and goods within the United States Munitions List (USML).

Part of ITAR compliance is registering with the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). It’s only after registration that a business is given the exact requirements to stay ITAR compliant based upon the types of USML goods and services they deal with.

The purpose of ITAR is to help protect defense related technology. When exporting items linked to the USML, data must be carefully protected to avoid compromising government secrets.

ITAR Export Management System

It’s recommended for businesses in this industry to have an export management system in place that aids in maintaining ITAR compliance. An ITAR consultant often helps in this process. These systems help in identifying potential problems with customers and help to protect government data.

Maintaining Compliance

While businesses can be ITAR certified, certifications aren’t recognized by the US Government. This only helps you to better understand ITAR requirements. An alternative is to work with IT consultants that specialize in defense and ITAR compliance.

At ISOutsource, we’ll work as your partner to ensure your business uses systems that help to maintain ITAR compliance. We’ll also audit your system to further secure data and transactions. If your business must be ITAR compliant, contact us today to find out more about the requirements and how we can help.