On October 3, on Manufacturing Day, American manufacturers will be celebrated for the contributions they make toward U.S. job creation, innovation and a strong, competitive U.S. economy. With the recent creation of more than 700,000 new manufacturing jobs, the increased growth rate experienced by the U.S. manufacturing sector is almost twice the rate of growth in the overall economy. To accelerate this growth even more, manufacturers may sell their products in international markets, which comprise two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power.
Many commodities and technologies manufactured in and exported from the United States are used only for commercial purposes, but some also have military applications. Items with recognized civilian and military applications include, for example, numerically controlled machine tools, advanced electronics, and high-performance computers. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) licenses the export of such commodities, as well as related software and technology. BIS administers export control laws and regulations to strengthen U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives, such as preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Currently, BIS is at the forefront of changes to the U.S. export control system related to the Administration’s Export Control Reform initiative. A key element of the reform is moving tens of thousands of items—mostly parts and components—from the State Department’s jurisdiction to the Commerce Department, which will provide greater flexibility for U.S. companies to engage in export trade.
On the BIS website, there are several resources to help manufacturers and exporters understand the licensing system, changes under Export Control Reform, and how to set up effective compliance safeguards. Here are a few resources to help manufacturers export your items: