Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey calls on Congress and the administration to end the shutdown and allow exporters to take advantage of export control reforms in support of U.S. national security and economic prosperity as soon as possible.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) welcomes today’s enactment of the first set of revisions to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) that are removing onerous controls on exports of essentially commercial technology used in military aircraft (Category VIII) and military aircraft engines (Category XIX). Subjecting these technologies to the export control requirements of the Commerce Control List (CCL) will allow for more appropriate reviews and restrictions while making trade with America’s closest military allies and partners more predictable, efficient and transparent.
Completing the revisions to the USML and moving forward with further licensing caseload management reforms are critical to sustain and grow the global competitiveness of the U.S. defense industrial base. Licensed exports of these two USML categories currently amount to $21 billion a year, a number that will likely increase as 75 percent of these licenses are for exports of parts and components that may transition to the CCL.
Regrettably, the ongoing government shutdown affects the issuance of Commerce Department dual-use export licenses. Until the government shutdown ends and Congress and the administration achieve a long-term solution to the debt and deficit issues, small and medium sized companies manufacturing parts and components that are on the CCL are facing threats to their foreign sales on top of the damage already being done by sequestration. AIA and its members therefore urge our elected officials to act to allow our companies to take advantage of these export control reforms in support of U.S. national security and economic prosperity as soon as possible.