The US Commerce Department seeks input on a revised export control list. In short, the CCL describes items using objective criteria such as qualities to be measured (e.g., accuracy, speed and wavelength), units of measure (e.g., hertz, horsepower and microns) or other precise descriptions rather than broad, open-ended, subjective, catch-all or design intent-based criteria. However, not all export control classification numbers contain positive descriptions, and some descriptions could be clearer and more specific. The Obama administration wants to change this so that persons who understand the technical parameters, characteristics and capabilities of an item, even if they are not knowledgeable about US export controls, will ordinarily be able to determine its export control classification and jurisdictional status without needing to consult the government for an interpretation.
Public comment is open until Feb. 7. Click here for more info.