What is ITAR compliance? In every industry, a certain degree of regulation and control is needed in order to ensure that rules and laws are respected. The arms and defense services business is no different. A series of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) were introduced to control the export and import of defense-related items on the United States Munitions List (USML). This list restricts photos, plans, diagrams, and other documents utilized to build ITAR-controlled military resources (“technical data”) as well as torpedoes and other military hardware. These regulations exist partly to prevent sensitive data and materials from falling into enemies’ hands.
What Does The ITAR Mean For Businesses?
Part of being ITAR compliant entails registering your business with the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) so that you may sell products or services in the arms industry. It’s essential that your organization remembers that ITAR violations can lead to civil or even criminal penalties. These punishment can include:
- Bans from future exports;
- Loss of export license;
- Civil fines of up to $500,000 per violation;
- Criminal fines as high as $1 million and 10 years imprisonment per violation; and
- In extreme cases, business disruption such as ensuing delayed shipments and severe damage to your brand’s reputation.
In April 2018, the State Department fined commercial design and production company, FLIR Systems, Inc. $30 million in civil penalties for transferring USML data to dual national employees of Cuba, Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon. Wholesalers, contractors, distributors, third-party suppliers, and computer software and hardware vendors are all required to be ITAR-compliant. Let’s take a closer look at ITAR compliance.
ITAR Compliance Services
These types of services are designed to reduce the advent of ITAR violations by businesses. This means providing seminars and other informational programs intended to educate all employees about ITAR regulations, as well as monitoring and auditing networks and technical data. Once your organization has officially registered with the DDTC, it should be labeled “ITAR certified” (compliant).
A proper ITAR compliance training program should include both basic and advanced courses or informational sessions that cover all topics that fall under ITAR. There are also ITAR services that aim to take physical action with regards to arms and defense products and services. Here are two examples of ITAR compliance services.
ITAR Weapon & Equipment Destruction
ITAR weapon and equipment destruction entail rendering arms and other defense-related devices unusable for their original intended purpose (exceptions are often made for recycling these items as commodities). Examples of weapons that can be destroyed include pistols, shotguns, and rifles. Defense equipment such as ballistic vests and high-security defense devices (e.g. tactical gun safes, high-definition lighting equipment) can also be destroyed. All of these arms and defense items can be safely destroyed using many different types of techniques, including incineration.
ITAR Asset Disposition
Asset disposal remains a key facet of national security in the U.S. Therefore, ITAR asset disposition services exist in order to ensure that defense-related devices used to store and track data are disposed of properly. This process involves verifying that certain asset disposition guidelines have been followed correctly, such as:
- The removal of all IT asset tags and corporate identifying marks.
- Identifying and destroying data stored on IT equipment in accordance with proper standards.
- Hiring a vetted and certified e-cycler to recycle all IT equipment.
- Allowing a National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) AAA-certified provider to handle the data destruction of your IT asset.
Speak To Representative from an ITAR Compliance & Data Destruction Experienced Company
e-End is dedicated to providing solutions that protect the environment in many different ways. We place a great emphasis on due diligence via desk audits and on-site visits designed to verify that all materials are properly handled. As it relates to ITAR weapon and equipment destruction, we use methods such as shearing, shredding, and incineration. We utilize a Certificate of Destruction in order to provide a defendable third-party audit trail. For IT asset disposal, we will prepare a proposal and send it to you before beginning this process. Call e-End today at (240) 529-1010 or contact us online to learn more about our services.
Contact the experts at e-End in Frederick, Maryland for more information about the importance of ITAR compliance. e-End is a NAID AAA certified company specialized in the requirements for electronic and magnetic media destruction services such as optical devices, film, hard drives, and other non-paper items. Additionally, the team at e-End provides a wide range of recycling and destruction services, including e-recycling, secure data destruction, electronic equipment destruction, and IT asset disposition. We are one of the few companies that hold multiple certifications of the highest possible caliber for health, safety, environmental, and the proper destruction of information and electronic devices. All so that we can help your business ensure that it can become and remain compliant thus making us one of the most respected organizations in the Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania region.